Belarusian anarchist arrested by Russia’s FSB to stand trial soon

Dzmitry Razanovich, 24, charged with illegal crossing of the Ukraine-Russia border, is to appear before court on July, 3. Although the trial was scheduled for June, 24, it was deferred to the later date for unknown reasons,, Belarusian anarchists’ website, reports.

Mr Razanovich, a resident of Homel, was detained when crossing the Ukraine-Russia border in the night of 13 March. The activist of the anarchist movement in Belarus also participated in the protests at Kyiv’s Maidan.

Mr Razanovich was heading for Kursk through Moscow. He happened to have a brother’s passport instead of his, and the border guards handed him over to representatives of the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service), who escorted Mr Razanovich to Kursk. His relatives were not allowed to visit the activist. At first the FSB’s Kursk department, apart from illegal crossing the state border, charged the activist with plotting a terrorist attack at Kursk Nuclear Power Plant.

The man has been staying in a deportation centre since March, 16. It was expected that the Russian side would deliver Mr Razanovich to Belarus after receiving his identity documents but it did not do so. The anarchist is facing up to two years of imprisonment or RUR 200,000 fine.

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