Vitsebsk: Barys Khamaida Detained
On 14 March in the center of Vitsebsk the police detained the opposition activist Barys Khamaida, who was selling newspapers at his usual place. However, as the detainee said to human rights activists, the police were looking for white-red-white flags, not for newspapers.
Khamaida was guarded to Chyhunachny district police department. There the policemen drew on him a report for selling press in a wrong place. The matter is that Vitsebsk city executive committee had adopted a ruling according to which one can sell anything only in specially determined places. The violation report will be passed to the administrative commission for consideration. The activist was let go soon after the report was composed.