KGB resumes case against human rights activist Svetsik
Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has received a letter from the KGB Vitsebsk regional department, saying the secret service has resumed criminal prosecution under Article 130.1 of the Criminal Code (‘stirring up international and interdenominational hatred’).
According to Mr.Svetsik, the investigator failed to name the grounds for the resumption. However, he attributes it to the growing pressure against human rights activists, e.g. the negative decision concerning the registration of the Nasha Viasna human rights organization.
The prosecution of Leanid Svetsik is linked with his activity as a legal assistant to the victims of intimidation by the RNE neo-Nazi organization in 2006-2007. He was first name a witness in the case. However, during an interrogation at the KGB he was later declared suspect.
The case was suspended in September 2008.
As yet, Mr.Svetsik has not received any official summons by the KGB.