Mikalai Mikhalkou, the leader of the Babruysk-based club ‘Patriot’, has been released from prison.
He was the last of Patriot’s representatives held in the case of the preparation of riots during the March 25 demonstration in Minsk.
Mikhalkou was arrested on March 24 and was initially held in the KGB jail, where he was officially charged under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code. He was later transferred to the Interior Ministry’s detention center. He was one of the three persons who did not face additional charges of ‘forming an illegal armed group’.
Seventeen people are still in pre-trial detention, including sixteen persons allegedly linked to the organization White Legion, and activist of the Social Democratic Party Syarhei Kuntsevich.
About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club Patriot, Young Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.