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Belarusian Prosecutor-General Warns Opposition Activists


Anatol Lyabedzka being detained during an opposition demonstration in Minsk in September

Anatol Lyabedzka being detained during an opposition demonstration in Minsk in September

Two Belarusian opposition activists received an official warning from the state Prosecutor-General's Office today.

United Civic Party leader Anatol Lyabedzka and party activist Mikhas Pashkevich were warned for their alleged involvement in coordinating the operations of the newspaper "Glotok Vozdukha" (Gasp of Air).

Lyabedzka told RFE/RL's Belarus Service that the Prosecutor-General's Office said he and Pashkevich are involved in the newspaper's activities and author articles in the periodical that have been critical of the Belarusian government.

The prosecutor-general said that with those reports, Lyabedzka is breaking two laws, the first one about protecting the honor of the country's president, and the second is about discrediting the state.

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