Hrodna: fine for refusal to be fingerprinted at work

2012 2012-02-15T17:48:36+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 February Hrodna resident Ruslan Petsko was fined 700,000 rubles (about $83) by Alena Piatrova, Judge of the Leninski District Court of Hrodna.

On 27 December 2011 some policemen had come to his working place, demanding that he gave his fingerprints. Mr. Petsko was quite surprised with such a visit and demanded to explain the necessity of this procedure. He also refused to undergo the fingerprinting.

As a result, the policemen charged the activist with insubordination to their “lawful demands” and passed the case to the court. The judge fined the activist without considering the case on its merits. Instead, she just referred to the Law “On State Dactylographic Registration”.

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