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Belarusian Activist Fined For Distributing Newspaper

SALIHORSK, Belarus -- An activist in the central Belarusian city of Salihorsk has been fined some $450 for distributing booklets and independent newspapers, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Local businesswoman Tatsyana Kuchynskaya was detained by police in Salihorsk's central market on August 31 while distributing booklets with the text of a presidential decree on property rents, as well as copies of the newspaper "The Market and Us," which features the logo of the Tell the Truth campaign.

The Tell the Truth campaign is organized by the Moving Forward movement, which is led by writer and civic activist Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, a former chairman of the Union of Belarusian Writers. It encourages Belarusians to speak out about social problems.

Nyaklyaeu announced earlier this month that he will be a candidate in the presidential election scheduled for December 19.