Brest Young Front activist charged with hooliganism
Brest Young Front member Ivan Stasiuk is faces prosecution under Article 339.1 (hooliganism) of the Belarusian Criminal Code. The activist had been initially summoned by the police to testify in a criminal case over a street fight in downtown Brest on 23 January. However, he was later officially declared suspect in the case and imprisoned.
On 6 February Ivan Stasiuk was released without recognizance to leave.
The activist says the case is politically-motivated and believes the prosecution is caused by his intent to run in the forthcoming local elections.
‘I did not take part in the incident. That they have found a witness who testifies against me only convinces me that it’s all about my desire to run in the election,’ says Mr. Stasiuk.