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Belarus To Deport Georgian Youth Activists

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (file photo) 26 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Belarusian authorities say they will deport two political activists from Georgia who were detained in Minsk earlier this week.

An official of the State Security Committee's (KGB) Minsk department, Vladimir Sviridov, was quoted as saying on Belarusian state television that the two Georgians were detained for interfering in Belarus's internal affairs.

The activists, Luka Tsuladze and Giorgi Kandelaki, are linked to the Georgian youth group Kmara! (Enough), which played a role in the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia.

Sviridov said they had contacted leaders of unregistered Belarusian youth organizations in order to brief them on methods of staging civil disobedience and fomenting unrest.

Sviridov warned that Belarus authorities will deal resolutely with foreigners who come to Belarus to try to destabilize the social and political situation.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has said he believes opposition groups and foreign organizations are plotting to remove him from power.


See also RFE/RL's dedicated webpage covering political youth movements throughout our broadcast region "The Power Of Youth"