Priest Lazar released!

‘There is no longer cause for further keeping Fr Uladzislau Lazar in the KGB predetention centre,’ the nunciature in Belarus was informed.

According to, during the investigation which is still continuing the priest is obliged to stay in a permanent place and register at a police station every day.

The State Security Committee (KGB) asked nuncio Claudio Gugerotti to collect Fr Lazar from the detention centre.


On July 26, 2013 Aliaksandr Lukashenka revealed that authorities had recently arrested an officer of a Belarusian intelligence agency who had supplied information to ‘foreign states’ through representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. After his statement the information on the arrest of priest Uladzislau Lazar appeared in social media.

The chekists arrested the Roman Catholic priest as early as summer, 2013. He was accused under Part One of the Criminal Code’s Article 356, which penalizes high treason: later his acts were qualified as complicity in a crime, in particular handing over money to a suspect of espionage. Father Uladzislau Lazar denied accusations of espionage.

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