Viktar Karniayenka got stripsearched at the border

2012 2012-09-05T17:00:18+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Viktar Karniayenka. Photo by RFE/RL

Viktar Karniayenka. Photo by RFE/RL

One of the coordinators of the campaign "For Fair Elections" was released only at 2 a.m.

As the website previously reported, Viktar Karniayenka was detained at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. Politician was returning from Vilnius to Minsk.

According to his words, at the border checkpoint "Kamenny Loh" his car was approached by people in uniform who took his passport and transfered the car from "green" to "red" corridor. "Then I was told that there is a resolution about the inspection of machine and personal belongings. The car was directed to a box, when they carefully inspected it and also all the things. Of course, they found nothing. Later I was told that there is a resolution from Minsk about conduction of a personal search. I had to take off clothes, all of it was also searched. I was carrying a small amount of money, a phone, glasses, keys – that’s it. At the end they have found nothing, and somewhere around 2 a.m. I crossed the border"- said Karniayenka in his interview to BelaPAN.

He connects such attention to his person with the last campaign of election observation. "Of course, this is connected with the elections and with my participation in the CEC - I'm a member of the Central Election Commission with the right of an advisory vote from the United Civil Party. That is why the authorities use such moral and psychological pressure. There is nothing new in this, however: before that I was searched like this every time when I was crossing the border. Then it stopped for a while, and now, before the elections, it started again. So I cannot connect such attention to me with nothing else, but the election campaign", - stated Karniayenka.


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