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Polish-Language Magazine Editor Summoned In Belarus

Igor Bancer
Igor Bancer
HRODNA, Belarus -- The chief editor of Belarus's Polish-language monthly "Polski na uchodzstwie" has been summoned to appear at the Hrodna city prosecutor's office, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Igor Bancer said that he was instructed to go to the prosecutor's office on July 29, but that officials at the office refused to give a reason for the summons.

Last month, security forces confiscated 70 copies of Bancer's magazine from activists of the unregistered Union of Poles in Belarus.

Union head Andzelika Borys represents the ethnic Polish minority of Belarus, which constitutes about 4 percent of the country's nearly 10 million people.

The Belarusian authorities do not officially recognize the union.