Journalist Vital Ruhain detained again

2012 2012-07-26T11:27:30+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

he journalist is expected to be tried on July 26.

Vital Ruhain and his friend Syarhei Kurakou were detained on the evening of July 25 and taken to the Leninski district police department of Minsk. The information was confirmed by a witness, who saw them in the police department. Ruhain made a call to a Euroradio journalist. “You said you'd take me to the Tsentralny district police department. Why are we going to the Leninski district?” he was heard talking to a policemen. He then hang up his cell phone.

As it was figured out, an administrative report was drawn up against the journalist. He was taken to a detention centre on Akrestin Street until trial scheduled for Thursday.

The mother of the journalist received this  information from the Leninski district police department. Vital was detained on his 25th birthday.

We remind journalist Vital Ruhain, who met attempts to detain him a month ago, tried to return from Vilnius to Belarus by train on July 24. He was taken off the train at Hudahai station near the border. Customs officers seized his laptop and passport. Later, his belongings were returned and he was allowed to go. After the detention of journalist Pavel Svyardlou on June 22, unknown men in mufti were waiting for Vital Ruhain near the radio station office (they showed his photo to a gatekeeper). The journalist managed to avoid detention and go to Poland.

Euroradio made a report about the Minsk metro. The journalists carrying a heavy bag entered the metro, but nobody paid attention to the. The detention of Pavel Svyardlou (he spent 15 days in custody) and later Vital Ruhain may be a kind of revenge.