Preventive control: Police arrests youth opposition activists before Russian PM’s visit

Raman Prarasevich, Uladzimir Yaramionak, Raman Vasilyeu were detained about 7 a.m on July 17, human rights defender Kasia Halitskaya said. “They were taken to Kastrychnitski district Internal Affairs directorate where the protocols on disorderly conduct were drawn up. Now they are to be brought to Kastrychnitski district court,” she stressed.

The human rights defender considers the arrests as “a preventive measure” taken before Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev’s visit to Belarus, which is scheduled on July 18, 2012. “We know that policemen phoned the activists to have a talk, but the latter refused to. In my opinion, their arrest is an attempt to prevent them from making problems and holding some protest actions during Medvedev’s stay,” Kasia Halitskaya said.

Furthermore, it has become known that opposition activist Ivan Amelchanka, whose stunt during an opposition march earlier this year was watched by hundreds of thousands on the Internet, was arrested again in Minsk.

He was apprehended near his home at 11a.m. and brought to the Leninski District Court, where he was to stand trial on a charge of disobedience to police orders. The arrest came one day after Mr. Amelchanka launched a mock bid to win a parliamentary seat.


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