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Belarusian Opposition Activist Found Guilty Of Hooliganism

Activist Syarhey Kavalenka
Activist Syarhey Kavalenka
A Belarusian opposition activist has been found guilty of hooliganism for using profanity and fined $35, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Minsk's Pershamay District Court found Syarhey Kavalenka, a member of the Belarusian National Front (BNF), guilty of "using vulgar language in a public place" on May 8, the eve of Victory Day.

Police detained him and his brother in a Minsk store and kept them in detention for a couple of days.

The brothers say their arrest was politically motivated. They say police detained them on that day to prevent them from taking part in opposition gatherings planned for May 9.

Kavalenka's brother Vital will face trial on June 10 on the same charge.