Thursday 31 December 2009
Prosecutors today demanded that Yury Kazak, an active member of the unregistered Belarusian Christian Democracy, pay a fine equal to $2,700 for defacing a statue of Lenin, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
Kazak pleaded guilty, admitting that he poured green paint over the statue in the city of Navahradak on November 7.
Kazak said he did so because of his belief that commemorating Lenin in Belarus is a crime and flouts history.
The judge postponed passing sentence until January 11, 2010.
An international media rights group has described Iran's disputed presidential election as one of the most dangerous stories for journalists to cover
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said the June election and the protests that followed "prompted a horrifying wave of repression against the media."
It also said it was concerned at the "mass exodus" this year of journalists from repressive countries such as Iran.
The group also said journalists and human rights defenders in Russia's North Caucasus
"went through a terrifying year."