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Belarus in Focus
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Polona Frelih, Moscow correspondent for Slovenian daily Delo. Since 2007 she has been following political, economic, cultural andeveryday life in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. She reports on various subjects - from breaking news stories such as the Georgian-Russian conflict in South Ossetia and Abhazia in 2008, daily challenges of the indigenous population of Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Region to the national revival and political repressions in Belarus. 

Coming from Slovenia, a relatively small country which in 1991 gained its independence from the former Yugoslavia, Polona has always been interested in the question of how and to what extent national identity is preserved in multinational states. That is what brought her to Belarus in the first place, where she has met many interesting people with one common problem – a political system that is an enemy not only to the Belarus national revival, but also to the basic human rights.

Polona started her career on the news desk of the Slovenian National Television back in 1997, then covering events in the countries of the former Soviet Union and its sphere of influence. She was also the author of the weekly review of world events called the Weekly Mirror and a Slovenian correspondent to the CNN World Report. Polona is a laureate of Belarus in Focus 2011.

David R. Marples is Distinguished University Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta. He is also

President of the North American Association of Belarusian Studies.

He is the author of fourteen single-authored books on topics ranging from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and its consequences, modern histories of Ukraine and Belarus, and on topics from the Russian Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and spoken at universities, institutes, and other venues in over ten countries. He has also edited two books on nuclear power and security in the former Soviet Union and on contemporary Belarus.

He serves as a regular advisor on Ukraine and Belarus to the US Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom. He has spoken at both The White House and the US Senate. He is a regular commentator on his area of expertise for CBC and the Voice of America, and he has contributed over 100 articles on Belarus for the Eurasia Daily Monitor, published by The Jamestown Foundation, in Washington, DC.
Oliver Money-Kyrle is the Assistant General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists.

He has been with the IFJ since 1998 where he worked as the press officer before becoming responsible for projects in Former Yugoslavia and the wider Balkans, in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. In recent years he has worked closely with the Belarus Association of Journalists on a range of campaigning activities for journalists.

Yuliya Slutskaya is the founder and director of Solidarity with Belarus Information Office, a Belarusian NGO based in Warsaw. The office was set up in January 2011, in direct response to the need to keep Belarus in the international focus following the 2010 presidential elections, and also to keep Belarusian civil society (in particular, media) more informed about international efforts regarding Belarus.  
Director of European Radio for Belarus’ office in Minsk from 2007 to 2010, Yuliya also coordinated the European Commission’s project ‘Window on Europe’ in Belarus during this time. Between 1994 and 2006, she was the editor-in-chief of Komosomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi, a major independent Belarusian newspaper.
In 2010, Yuliya was a  media consultant for the ‘’Speak the Truth’’ campaign headed by Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu.
She is a sociologist by education.

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