Valery Shchukin fined 1 mln rubles
On 1 October the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou fined the human rights defender Valery Shchukin 1,050,000 rubles. Judge Stanislau Shenderovich found him guilty of producing, trafficking and distributing printed materials that had been produced with violation of the Belarusian legislation.
Mr. Shchukin had been detained on 8 August. The police examined the car in which he arrived in Mahiliou and confiscated 24,000 copies of the newspaper Nash Dom and 5,500 brochures dedicated to women’s rights.
Valery Shchukin pleads innocent and states he will appeal against the verdict and try to return the confiscated materials.