Authorities try to identify all participants of 19 December protest action

2011 2011-02-03T18:01:44+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Andrei Mikalayeu, who is involved in a criminal case initiated by the KGB after the events on 19 December, has been called to the military counter-intelligence office.

An investigator asked if Andrei had recollected any details relating to the events near the House of Government. Andrei was showed several tens of photos and asked if he knew anyone in the pictures, what he could say about those persons and their behavior.

Andrei Mikalayeu supposes the people in the photos were those not yet identified by the security services, so they address the already known demonstrators for help.

Different kinds of security services are likely to have been ordered to identify all participants of the demonstration on 19 December, whose number is variously estimated at some 40,000 people. This may be a reason why other investigators call the people, whose cell phones were detected in the district where the rally and demonstration were held.

Narodnaya Volia newspaper has earlier written that people are summoned to the KGB and the military counter-intelligence office. It remains unclear whether the military have been involved just to help in finding the names of the demonstrators or whether they will conduct own investigation and send cases to courts.