Another human rights activist prosecuted for tax evasion

Valentsin Stefanovich, who works for the Human Rights Center Viasna was summoned by tax inspectors in order to conduct an administrative investigation, reported Bielpan news agency. Mr. Stefanovich is suspected of avoiding paying 31.5 million rubles (5 500 dol.) of tax and 6 million rubles (1000 dol.) of interest penalty.

Just like in case of Ales Bialiatski (who is the head of Viasna center), the tax inspectors found the evidence against the activist in documents handed over by the Lithuanian ministry of justice, detailing information of Belarusian dissidents foreign bank accounts.

Mr. Stefanovich announced he will appeal the decision, stressing that money from his Lithuanian account were not income but means for operating Viasna center.

Ales Bialiatski has been held in detention since August 4th. He is accused of large-scale tax evasion, based on documents handed to the Belarusian prosecution by Polish and Lithuanian officials. He is facing up to seven years in prison.


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