Charkasava, a correspondent for the trade-union newspaper "Salidarnasts," was stabbed to death in her Minsk apartment in October 2004. Hrodnikau, a reporter for the "Narodnaya volya" newspaper, was found dead near his home in Minsk last month.
In his statement, Severin criticizes Belarusian authorities for harassing "Narodnaya volya" and urges them to respect freedom of opinion and expression.
Opposition Leader Transferred
In related news, reports from Minsk said opposition leader Mikola Statkevich was transferred to house arrest today.
Statkevich, chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, was sentenced to two years of corrective labor last year for staging a protest rally in Minsk.