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Trial Of Belarus's 'Noodle Protester' Starts In Minsk


National Bolshevik activist Yauhen Kontush outside the courtroom on December 8.

National Bolshevik activist Yauhen Kontush outside the courtroom on December 8.

MINSK -- The trial of an activist of the unregistered Belarusian National Bolshevik Party (NBP) charged with minor hooliganism over a noodle-dumping to protest state media has begun in Minsk, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Yauhen Kontush, along with another member of the NBP's organizational committee, Uladzislau Lobau, was taken by police on December 6 to Minsk's Pershamay district police station.

The two activists dumped a bucket of boiled noodles on the entrance of the Belarusian Television and Radio Company in Minsk on December 3 and passed out leaflets calling on journalists at the company to give "unbiased, true, and timely information to Belarusian society."

Many citizens of former Soviet states equate noodles with lying because of the Russian phrase "to hang noodles on someone's ears," which means to tell a lie.

At the trial's session on December 8, security officers of the Belarusian Television and Radio Company testified as witnesses.

Lobau, who is under 18, was also charged with minor hooliganism and his case has been sent to the juvenile delinquency department in Minsk's Moscow district.

Kontush faces a fine and/or several days in jail if found guilty.

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