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2007 2007-05-25T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A judge of Savetski district of Minsk Aksana Relyava has considered two administrative protocols (for participation in the Path of Chernobyl protest march on April 26 and a protest against cancellation of benefits on May 20) against an activist of the Young front Ludmila Atakulava and sentenced her to a fine of 25 basic units (775,000 rubles).

Ludmila Atakulova was at classes when policemen came to her. They explained that she needed to follow them to a police department of Savetski district of Minsk. Only there Ludmila was told about charges against her. She was charged with forming a column and organizing an unsanctioned march after the action “Path of Chernobyl” finished.

Besides, a report was drawn up against Ludmila, the only one among the detainee on May 20, for organizing an unsanctioned march. It is worth mentioning that the rally on May 20 was prevented by policemen. In fact, there wasn’t a march as such.

“I do not know how to explain that. It is very strange. I wasn’t some special person, either during the first or the second rally. But one shouldn’t look for logics in actions of our special services,” she told to Radio Svaboda.

Ludmila’s friends came to the court to support her. The former head of the Young Front Paval Sevyarynets, Barys Haretski, Nasta Palazhanka, and activists from different part of Belarus were among them. Paval Sevyarynets believes that a preventive arrest and conviction of Ludmila Atakulava is an attempt of the regime to intimidate young people, to prevent them from gathering near the building of the court of Savetski district on ay 28, when the trial over Young Front member starts.

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