Authorities Bring Criminal Action against Two Zubr Activists

2004 2004-06-02T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The authorities continue to press on Zubr activists Katsiaryna Klimko and Maksim Hromaw. They are charged with damaging state property (Art 341 of the Criminal Code) for writing “Freedom to Marynich!” slogan on the public transport stops in Minsk. Now they face expulsion from college, reports Charter’97.

On May 31 the mother of Katsiaryna Klimko was called to the teachers’ college her daughter is a student of. The college director Nadzeya I. Menshykava suggested the girl should drop out of college after the summer exams. Otherwise she promised to expel Katsiaryna from college. The next day deputy director Ivan I. Stashulonak told the girl the same thing confirming the director’s decision.

On June 1 the parents of Maksim Hromaw were called by director of Minsk technical college of light industry Zhurawskaya. The director informed his parents that soon the college administration would consider the issue of Maksim’s expulsion and also suggested their son should quit the studies himself.

Recently there have been similar cases of the attempts to expel students for their political activity. One month ago administration of Baranavichy College of light industry tried to expel Mikita Sasim. However, several actions in Mikita’s support forced the administration to reverse the decision.