Veterans of Afghan war sue ‘Sovetskaya Belorussiya’

2009 2009-07-08T17:07:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The co-chairmen of the organizing committee of the association of Afghan war veterans Defenders of Fatherland Aleh Vouchak and Alexander Kamarouski have filed two suits against the newspaper of the presidential administration of Lukashenka, Sovetskaya Belorussiya to Savetski district court of Minsk.

‘On 12 February 2009 Sovetskaya Belorussiya published an article, a letter of Illia Ryzhankou called ‘We are not a crowd of extras for provocateurs’, Alexander Kamarouski said. ‘Untrue information discrediting my honor, dignity and business reputation was published in the article. Thus, it was written in the article: ‘And in general, isn’t it immoral that misters Autukhovich, Vouchak and Kamarouski, who are young and full of life, envy 90-year-old veterans of the World War II?.. These smart guys, businessmen, couldn’t imagine something better than to demand certificates of WWII veterans, free denture treatment, and they moan to everyone that they had to eat salty fish and rancid butter in Afghanistan. Poor things…’

The plaintiffs ask the court to recognize the information published on 12 February 2009 in Sovetskaya Belorussiya as libel, discrediting their honor, dignity and business reputation Belarusian Partisan informs.

Besides, Aleh Vouchak and Alexander Kamarouski ask to compel the editorial office to refute the information written in the article by publishing the resolution of the court no later than one month after the court decision coming into force, and exact from the editorial office and I.Ryzhankou money for covering the state fees and the lawyer’s services.