Svetlahorsk opposition activist fined

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On 29 October Judge Vital Vashchylin of Svetlahorsk District Court fined Sviatlana Mikhalchanka, local Belarusian Party of Communists leader, BYR 1,225,000 for illegal distribution of the party’s newsletter ‘Left March’ at the Lausan plant entrance on 3 September.
The verdict was based on inconsistent evidence by police captain Andrei Sauchanka and a number of the plant’s officials.
‘In reality, I did not distribute ‘The Left March’. I was approached by two unknown persons. One of them told me he would not stand someone distributing leaflets at the plant’s entrance.’ said Mrs. Mikhalchanka.
The activist says she is going to appeal the decision at Minsk Regional Court.

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