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Belarusian Activist Jailed For Mocking Plainclothes Officer

  • RFE/RL's Belarus Service

Belarusian activist Ivan Amelchanka (right) has been jailed for holding up a placard.

Belarusian activist Ivan Amelchanka (right) has been jailed for holding up a placard.

A Belarusian opposition activist has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for using a sign to mock a plainclothes security officer.

In the April incident, Ivan Amelchanka was photographed standing next to a man who was using a hand-held camera to film an opposition-organized march in Minsk.

The activist's placard contained the word “Musorok” -- a Russian slang word that can be translated as "fuzz" or “pig."

It also had an arrow pointing in the direction of the officer.

Amelchanka was arrested on May 17.

In issuing the 15-day sentence, the judge ruled that Amelchanka’s behavior fit the Belarus authorities' definition of hooliganism.

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