News for December 2010

Four ex-candidates charged with staging mass riots

30.12.2010 Four ex-candidates charged with staging mass riots

On 29 December, four former presidential candidates – Uladzimir Niakliayeu, Andrei Sannikau, Mikalai Statkevich and Vital Rymasheuski – were officially charged under Article 293 of the Criminal Code (“organizing mass riots”).

30.12.2010 Belarusian activist of Russia's National Bolshevik Party arrested by KGB

Yawhen Kontush, a Belarusian activist of Russia’s National Bolshevik Party (Nazbol), has been arrested on Thursday morning, his associate, Valery Kabernik, told BelaPAN.

30.12.2010 KGB raids human rights activist Alena Tankachova's apartment

Belarus' state security service (KGB) on Wednesday searched the apartment of human rights activist Alena Tankachova in Minsk.

Young Front activists Dashkevich and Lobau’s detention extended

29.12.2010 Young Front activists Dashkevich and Lobau’s detention extended

The detention of two Young Front activists Dzmitry Dashkevich and Eduard Lobau has been extended till 7 January. However, no official charges have yet been brought against them.

Activist Franak Viachorka detained

29.12.2010 Activist Franak Viachorka detained

Youth opposition leader Franak Viachorka was reportedly detained this afternoon in Minsk. Franak Viachorka, together with two other youth activists, were taken to pre-trial prison.

Another possible suspect in “mass riots” criminal case

29.12.2010 Another possible suspect in “mass riots” criminal case

Activist Uladzimir Loban has been reportedly put in the KGB Minsk pre-trial prison, after serving a 10-day arrest for participating in the 19 December post-election protest rally.

29.12.2010 KGB raids office shared by Belarusian PEN Center and private weekly Nasha Niva

KGB officers raided the office of the Belarusian PEN Center and the private weekly Nasha Niva in downtown Minsk on Tuesday evening.

29.12.2010 Journalist fired for refusal to condemn Square action

Ales Liauchuk, the correspondent of the newspaper "Znamya Yunosti", has been fired. Ales cooperated with a series of independent media, apart from this state newspaper.

Activists and journalist summoned to KGB

28.12.2010 Activists and journalist summoned to KGB

The KGB keeps harassing civil and political activists by summoning them to interrogations in the “mass riots” criminal case.

28.12.2010 Flat of UCP leader Anatol Lyabedzka is searched

The flat of the leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka is being searched now. Lyabedzka’s son Artsyom is in his father’s flat now. He managed to make a phone call to the UCP office and informed about the search.

Baranavichy HR defender receives predictable reply from CEC

28.12.2010 Baranavichy HR defender receives predictable reply from CEC

Baranavichy human rights activist Siarhei Housha received a reply to his complaint signed by the Central Election Commission chair Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

Two more suspects in “mass riots” criminal case

28.12.2010 Two more suspects in “mass riots” criminal case

Two more opposition activists have been declared suspects in the “mass riots” criminal case, initiated following the 19 December protest rally in Minsk.

Minsk court convicts six persons

28.12.2010 Minsk court convicts six persons

On 27 December, Minsk Maskouski Court sentenced five youth activists, together with unknown teenager, to 10 days of administrative arrest each for alleged participating in illegal rallies between 19 and 24 December in Minsk.

Activist Lazar released

28.12.2010 Activist Lazar released

Dzianis Lazar, activist of the Young Front youth opposition movement, previously charged with “disorderly conduct”, has been released from the KGB Minsk pre-trial prison.

27.12.2010 Siaredzich summoned to KGB

The chief editor of the newspaper "Narodnaya Volya" Joseph Siaredzich has been summoned to the KGB for an interrogation.

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