RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News News March 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pressbol editor’s personal possessions seized RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information A court officer on 11 March ordered the seizure of Pressbol editor Vladimir Berechkov’s assets to cover thefine imposed on 10 February by the Minsk municipal court for “moral harm” allegedly caused to Belarusianfinance minister Nikolai Korbut. The assets seized included a wardrobe, a vacuum cleaner, an electric kettleand a washing machine. Berechkov’s wife filed a request with the court on 14 March for her own personaleffects to be excluded from the assets confiscated.———————————————————18 February 2005 Authorities accused of hypocrisy in moves to ruin and close newspaperReporters Without Borders today condemned the use of “spurious pretexts” by the Belarusian authorities with the aim of closing down one of the few independent newspapers that still exist in the country, Pressbol, a national daily with a circulation of 25,000.The supreme court on 16 February upheld a second information ministry warning to the newspaper that would allow the authorities to order its closure within three months. Six days earlier, on 10 February, the Minsk municipal court confirmed that Pressbol must pay 16,000 euros in libel damages to finance minister Nikolai Korbut.So Pressbol is already ruined by the damages award even if the authorities have not already closed it, the press freedom group said.”The use of spurious pretexts allows the authorities to progressively reduce the space for expressing views that do not conform with the thinking of President Alexander Lukashenko,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would better if Lukashenko respected press freedom in Belarus instead of accusing the international press, both western and Russian, of waging a campaign against him.”It was the Minsk “central” court which on 4 January ordered Pressbol to pay Korbut 16,000 euros in damages as a result of the libel action he brought over an October 2004 article headlined “Belarusian finance minister’s deputy wanted by Interpol and implicated in organizing a criminal gang,” which said he had links with shady Russian businessman Andrei Imanali.Pressbol received the information ministry’s second warning on 5 January. It accused the newspaper of failing to obtain a necessary prior permission from the judge before publishing a statement by Korbut in its 21 December issue in which he explained his reasons for suing Pressbol. News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Organisation
COMEBACKING FANTASTIC STYLE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES BY FOUR HANDY LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT FILLY GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08.79
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2016)–Comebacking Fantastic Style picked up where she left off Sunday at Santa Anita, as she cruised to a four length win under Rafael Bejarano in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert, she carried the red, white and blue colors of owner Kaleem Shah six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.79.Idle since a smashing 3 ½ length win in the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes on July 11 at Los Alamitos, Fantastic Style sat second to speedy longshot Amaranth down the backside, seized command leaving the quarter pole and went on to win in-hand.Off at 1-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares, Fantastic Style paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10.“I decided to use her a little bit from the gate to stay close,” said Bejarano. “I sat second the whole way and I knew the five, Amaranth, was done. She’s been working really well in the mornings, so I think she’s getting better and better.”In posting her third consecutive win and her fifth from seven overall starts, Fantastic Style, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $332,000.“She just cruised,” said Mike Marlow, assistant to Baffert. “He (Bejarano) was loaded all the way. She was off for a while but Bob had her ready. She was really impressive. It was a good comeback race.”Ben’s Duchess ran-on well from off the pace for second money and was ridden out past the wire by Abel Lezcano. Off at 6-1, she finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Cadet Roni and paid $4.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Cadet Roni out-finished Finest City by a neck. Off at 5-1, she paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.09, 44.66 and 56.50.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.