VITSEBSK, Belarus -- A court in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk has fined an opposition activist for "unsanctioned public action," RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
Syarhey Kavalenka of the Conservative Christian Party of Belarus Popular Front (KHP-BNF) was fined about $376.
He was arrested on September 14 for placing Belarus's old national white-and-red flag on Vitsebsk's Victory Square.
The Belarusian government does not recognize the old national flag, which was used in 1918 during the short-lived Belarusian People's Republic.
Currently the white-and-red flag, as a symbol of the first occurrence of Belarusian independence, is used by the opposition in protests against the government.