Krychau: officers of tax inspection continue pressurizing independent journalist

2011 2011-11-08T18:56:12+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Several days ago Siarhei Niarouny, chief editor of the private newspaper “Volny Horad”, received another letter from the tax inspection. This time he is demanded to give explanations concerning the 4.5 million rubles he spent for his own needs during 2009 and the first half of 2010.

“In October I passed to the inspection an income and assets declaration on demand of its officers. However, they weren’t satisfied with my detailed explanations. Several days ago they required more detailed explanations about 4.5 million rubles I had spent on paying for public utilities, mobile and stationary telephone, etc. in 2009 and the first half of 2010. To my mind, this is a wire-drawn demand, as I live together with my wife, who worked as a teacher at Krychau lyceum #4 all this time and paid for the expenditures. Being a law-obedient citizen, I will prepare all necessary documents and present them to officers of the tax inspection,” commented Siarhei Niarouny.

He thinks that the real reason for the extraordinary attention of the tax inspection is that his newspaper publishes many critical articles about the local authorities. “Volny Horad” has the circulation of 299 copies (a legally allowed maximum for an unregistered newspaper, as the repeated attempts to get it registered with the state gave no results).

In September 2011 the lyceum administration also refused to prolong the labor contract to Siarhei’s wife, Tatsiana Leibutsina, who had worked there for ten years. No explanations were offered to her. By the way, Siarhei and Tatsiana have an under-aged daughter.