KGB Searches Flat of Vice-head of Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies at Night

2004 2004-12-14T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to RFE/RL

In the night of 13 December three workers of KGB searched the flat of the vice-head of the Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies Aliaksandr Sasnow.

On 13 December the institute published the results of its poll that was conducted in November 2004. According to the poll only 49% of citizens voted for the changes of the Constitution at the referendum of 17 October 2004. At night KGB workers phoned carried out quick examination of the flat. They paid no interests to the institute affairs and searched for some tools of crime. They had no prosecutor’s sanction, only resolution of vice-head of KGB. They were in a great hurry and even had no blanks of search protocol, that’s why one of them wrote it on a blank sheet of paper.

Officially the searches stated they wanted to find something connected to the businessman who was charged with purposeful bankruptcy of the firm he headed. However, three years have passed since the businessman left the flat. That’s why they couldn’t find anything there and they didn’t find anything, which was witnessed in the protocol.

The director of the institute Aleh Manayew believes the search is connected with the results of the poll, which were given wide publicity. He thinks it could be an act of intimidation, conducted by the authorities.