‘Young Front’ activist tried in absentia for ‘Communism = Fascism’ picket

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Hanna Bunko was fined 175 000 rubles for a picket dedicated to the 70th anniversary of signing Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

On 23 August Hanna Bunko and Mikalai Dzemidzenka were detained by officers of the Maskouski district police department of Minsk for fastening a colorful caricature ‘Communism = Fascism’ on the monument to Lenin and handing out information leaflets, RFE/RL reports.

On 9 October Hanna Bunko received a decision of the administrative commission, signed by the commission head Bykouskaya, informing her about the fine. The commission found that actions of Bunko fall under part 2 of Article 21.14 of the Code of Administrative Offences – ‘violation of rules of urban maintenance’ and obliged the activist to pay a fine of 175 000 Belarusian rubles.

Hanna Bunko wasn’t present at the commission session, as she hadn’t been informed about the date of the case consideration. In addition, having received the notice about the commission’s late, she lost the opportunity to appeal against it (according to the Belarusian law one can file a cassation appeal only within ten days after a verdict or a decision).