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KGB finds "Belarus Press Photo-2011" album extremist

2013 2013-04-05T16:47:15+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Photo journalist and co-organizer of the contest "Belarus Press Photo" Yuliya Darashkevich published this information at her Facebook account on 4 April. The albums were confiscated at the border crossing point "Kamenny Loh" on 12 November 2012.

As it is stated in the KGB letter, published by, the photo album "contains deliberately distorted insinuations about the life of the Republic of Belarus in the political, economical, social and other spheres which don't meet the reality and insult the national honor and dignity of citizens of the Republic of Belarus". "The choice of the photos for the photo album in the aggregate reflects only negative sides of the life of the Belarusian people together with the author's own insinuations and conclusions, which, with the view of the socially accepted norms and morals, insults the national honor and dignity of citizens of the Republic of Belarus, diminishes the authority of the state power organs, undermines the trust of foreign states, foreign and international organizations to them," is stated in the letter.

On 21 February 2013 officers of Ashmiany customs office answered the inquiry of the Belarusian Association of Journalists concerning the fate of the confiscated photo albums, saying that the 41 albums had been passed to the State Security Committee (KGB). Then the KGB did conclude that the content of the photo albums was extremist.

Yuliya Darashkevich and Vadzim Zamirouski who transported the albums to Belarus are summonsed to Ashmiany District Court on 17 April.

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