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Documentary On Death Penalty Seized In Belarus

  • RFE/RL's Belarus Service

A protest against the death penalty in Belarus held in Warsaw in March

A protest against the death penalty in Belarus held in Warsaw in March

HRODNA, Belarus -- Belarusian authorities have seized copies of a documentary film about the use of the death penalty in Belarus.

Rights activists Viktar Sazonau and Uladzimer Khilmanovich from the western town of Hrodna said their car was searched at a Belarusian-Lithuanian border checkpoint on April 22 as they were returning from Vilnius.

They said DVDs of the documentary, which was filmed recently in Lithuania, were confiscated.

The documentary includes reports on recent executions in Belarus, which is the only European country that still conducts executions.

Customs officials said the documentary should undergo what they called “a professional assessment” before being allowed to be shown in Belarus.

The Belarusian regime has faced international criticism since the two men convicted of bombing the Minsk subway one year ago, killing 15, were executed in March by a single bullet to the back of the head.

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