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Активисты белорусских организаций в США провели в субботу акцию протеста у вашингтонской штаб-квартиры Международного валютного фонда (МВФ).

Они потребовали от этой организации прекращения выделения финансовой помощи властям в Минске.

Несколько десятков участников акции одели маски с изображением Лукашенко. В руках они держали плакаты с информацией о том, что средства, перечисляемые МВФ, идут на контролирование интернета, финансирование пропаганды и КГБ в Беларуси.

Пикет организовали несколько организаций – «Белорусы в изгнании», «Беларуска-амерыканскае задзiночанне» и альянс «Пагоня».

«У нас общие цели и одна родина, ради которой мы должны объединиться. И мы надеемся, что белорусская оппозиция возьмет с нас пример», – сказал в интервью российскому агентству ИТАР- ТАСС Дмитрий Щигельский – доктор, известный тем, что в свое время поставил диагноз «мозаичная психопатия» Лукашенко.

Общественный активист экономическую модель, созданную в Беларуси, разрушительной. По его словам, «внешний долг страны вырос с 2007 по 2013 годы в несколько раз и сейчас превышает 34 млрд долларов».

Организаторы акции обратились с открытым письмом к директору-распорядителю МВФ Кристин Лагард. Они считают необходимым, чтобы фонд, «прежде чем рассматривать варианты с новыми займами Минску, потребовал от властей выполнения ранее заключенных соглашений по реформированию белорусский экономики.

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July 19, 2013

Christine Lagarde
Managing Director V
International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431

Dear Ms. Lagarde:
On July 20, 2013 US-based Belarusian organizations are staging a protest next to the
International Monetary Fund. We find it objectionable that International financial
institutions have repeatedly come to the rescue of the distorted economic model, which
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka installed in Belarus. Money provided by the
IMF and other organizations has not been used to modernize Belarusian business or its
economy but is used to preserve and strengthen an authoritarian system of one-man rule.
The Government of Belarus has repeatedly failed to follow up on the
recommendations of the IMF to reform the financial sector of the economy. Most recently,
assistance that was provided to Lukashenka during the crisis of 2008 allowed him to
remain in power without fulfilling the IMF recommendations.
The economic model that Lukashenka installed in Belarus is disastrous. The external
debt of Belarus has increased from 6.8 billion USD in 2007 to 34.2 billion in 2013. Relative
to the GDP, the external debt already constitutes 53,4 %. Worst of all, Lukashenka avoids
economic reforms believing that they would empower the population and undermine his
rule.
Instead of reform, even amidst the most serious economic crises, Lukashenka uses
funding from international institutions to finance a powerful repressive apparatus,
manipulative propaganda, and hugely expensive and inefficient social "payoffs". Belarusian
society has no control over these expenditures amidst the absence of the rule of law and the
suppression of the basic rights and freedoms of people.
With the help of the IMF, Lukashenka is financing political longevity for himself and
his cronies at the expense of the increasingly vulnerable Belarusian population and putting
Belarus in an even worse financial position than it is today. This constitutes a major
concern of forward-looking Belarusians: the country has not instituted reforms, the
economy continues to lose its competitiveness, and borrowed money goes down the drain.
Beyond economics, the IMF’s continued support of the Lukashenka regime is exacting
a terrible price from the people of Belarus. Belarus had its last democratic presidential
election in 1994, every democratic institution has been systematically dismantled,
expensive monitoring of telephone and internet communication is being installed, and
political dissidents are routinely arrested and tortured. These are the true activities that the
IMF has been financing.
In its recent press release, the IMF said: "...the IMF will maintain close cooperation
with Belarus, including through intensive policy consultation and technical assistance.
Negotiations on a new program continue to require a credible commitment at the highest
level to a comprehensive policy package that could garner sufficient support among the IMF
membership."1
History shows that Lukashenka's promises to the IMF were deliberately misleading.
Lukashenka wishes to finance his stay in power without modernizing the economy and at
great social cost Today the IMF is contemplating providing that finance and then asking the
oppressed population to repay it with interest.
Ms. Lagarde, we urge that before considering pleas from the Government of Belarus
for new loans or restructuring existing obligations, the IMF insist that Lukashenka
completely and unequivocally fulfill the previously agreed conditions to reform the
Belarusian economy. Moreover, there is a need for assurances and guarantees that the
funds offered by international financial institutions are not spent to finance the despicable
and oppressive elements of Lukashenka's dictatorial rule.
Respectfully yours,
Anna Surmacova, President
Belarusan-American Association, Inc
 
Alice Kipel, Chapter President
Belarusan-American Association, Washington, DC Chapter
 
Tatyana Krasovskaya, Chapter President
Belarusan-American Association, Brooklyn, NY Chapter
 
Vital Zajka, Chairman
Belarusan-American Alliance "Pahonia"
 
Zianon Pazniak, Chairman
Conservative Christian Party of Belarusan Popular Front
 
Dima Shehigelski, Director
"Belarusian in Exile", Nonprofit Organization, New York office

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