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Belarusian Antinuclear Activist's Home Searched

Belarusian antinuclear activist Mikalay Ulasevich
ASTRAVETS, Belarus -- The home of a prominent Belarusian antinuclear activist has been searched by police, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Mikalay Ulasevich, who helps coordinate the "A Nuclear Power Station in Astravets Is A Crime" campaign, told RFE/RL police searched his house in the western village of Varnyany in Astravets District while he was not at home on November 10. They did not confiscate anything.

Ulasevich said he plans to ask the local prosecutor's office for an explanation of the search. He suggested it might be connected with leaflets distributed by people the previous day appealing for support on his behalf.

The leaflets were about a lawsuit against Ulasevich filed by a local businessman who claims Ulasevich slandered him. Hearings are scheduled for November 30 in the town of Ashmyany.

Ulasevich said he informed local police several times that the businessman, whose name he did not divulge, has illegal connections with local government officials.

Last month, Ulasevich officially sued Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka over controversial plans to build a nuclear power station in Astravets.

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