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Belarusian Activist Fined For Taking Photos

Anastasiya Mashchava

Anastasiya Mashchava

A Minsk district court today fined Young Belarus movement activist Anastasiya Mashchava more than 1 million rubles ($360) for taking pictures during a protest mocking the government, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Mashchava and fellow activists Andrei Kuzminski, Pavel Prakapovich, and Yahor Babrou were detained on December 2 after they set up a stand in central Minsk with a picture of a moustachioed man meant to represent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

A sign at the stand said, "If you don't like the regime, throw an egg at me." Boxes of eggs were available at the stand.

Several passersby expressed their attitude to the regime and threw eggs at the picture, which Mashchava photographed.

The official charge against Mashchava is "taking pictures without accreditation."

On December 3, Prakapovich and Babrou were sentenced to 15 days in jail and Kuzminski to seven days for holding an unsanctioned public gathering.