Members of Initiative Group of Candidate of United Democratic Forces Aliaksandr Milinkevich Persecuted in Regions
On 11 December in Polatsk three policemen paid a visit to the member of the initiative group of Aliaksandr Milinkevich Alena Som. They explained their visit with a telephone call of the neighbors who allegedly informed them it was too noisy in the flat. The owners didn’t let the police in. They advised them to listen through the open door whether there were any noises.
Then one of the policemen said they had a telephone call informing the police somebody took bags with fly-sheets to the flat or out of it. The talk with the police lasted for an hour. During this time they demanded from the flat owners to let them in and questioned the neighbors. Alena Som considers it to be psychological pressurization on her as an activist of the electoral campaign.
On 11 January in the town of Bialynichy (Mahiliou region) the police detained the opposition activist Mikola Miatsialitsa and accused him of handing out calendars with Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s portraits.
On 11 January in Kastsiukovichy the police detained the member of the initiative group of A. Milinkevich Uladzimir Papkou. The policemen stated they wanted to check whether his certificate of the initiative group member wasn’t forged.
At 7.30 a.m. on 12 January the police came to the house of the member of the initiative group Barys Vyrvich, who lives in the village of Mashchanitsa (Bialynichy district). They stated the chair of Bialynichy District Executive Committee ordered them to take Vyrvich to him “for a talk”.
On 12 January in the town of Masty (Hrodna region) the police detained the member of the initiative group of A. Milinkevich A. Skarabutan when he got out of the train. The policemen said they wanted to examine his personal belongings, stating that a mobile phone was allegedly stolen from a passenger.