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Belarusian Student Activist Sentenced To Year Of 'Restricted Freedom'

Alyaksandr Barazenka is met by colleagues and friends after his release.
A student activist in Belarus has been found guilty of "active participation in group actions grossly disturbing the public peace" and sentenced to one year of "restricted freedom" without having to go to jail, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Alyaksandr Barazenka was brought to trial on December 8.

His charges came from his participation in a demonstration held in downtown Minsk on January 10 against a government crackdown on small-business owners.

He left the courtroom with his parents and was greeted by dozens of supporters outside the court building.

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