Belarus to bar more than 100,000 people from leaving the country

November 24, 2007 21:34


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More than 100,000 people - roughly one of every 100 citizens - will be barred from leaving Belarus after Jan. 1, the interior minister told journalists Saturday. The list of those unable to travel abroad will include people who are serving suspended sentences, have access to state secrets, owe alimony or are otherwise in debt, Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov said. "It is not possible to say the list will be short," he said. "More than 100,000 people will be on it." Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich expressed fears that the "black list" could be used to prevent opposition activists from maintaining contacts with Western politicians.

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