KGB evades returning seized property

2011 2011-07-29T17:17:13+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The residence of Minsk activist Iryna Piatrova was twice searched by the KGB: on 20 December 2010 and 25 March 2011. Following the searches, the activist lodged a number of complaints with the city’s prosecuting authorities, demanding to return the seized property.

As a result, she received a reply saying that her personal belongings were held in the KGB Minsk Department and that she could recover them. However, during her visit to the KGB department Iryna Piatrova failed to recover the seized property after an unknown agent took the papers from the activist and disappeared. He later told Mrs. Piatrova that the papers had been sent to Minsk Frunzenski District Police Department, refusing to provide any explanations on the incident.

In reply to similar complaints by several other activists whose property was also seized during one of the searches, the KGB said there was not any search at all and no property was seized.