KGB ‘checks’ workers of Institute of History

2008 2008-09-15T22:23:39+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

In the second half of August and in the beginning of September KGB officers held a ‘voluntary’ questioning of workers of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus in connection with the 4 July explosion in Minsk. The ‘questioning’ was conducted in the working time. The KGB workers occupied the scientists’ offices and working places for it. Those who refused to participate in these measures are threatened with dismissal.

Thus, at present Lukashenka’s regime added direct intimidation to such measures on smothering of science as cuts in financing, restriction of academic liberties and introduction of the contract system of employment.

During the recent years such scientists as Yauhen Anishchanka, Andrei Kishtymau, Tatsiana Protska, Henadz Sahanovich, Nina Stuzhynskaya and Siarhei Tarasau have been fired from the Institute of History for political reasons.