Moscow anarchist philosopher to spend 6 days in Belarus jail for ‘swearing’

On October 10, Pyotr Ryabov was taken off the train after he had delivered a lecture in the Belarusian city of Baranavichy.

A day later, a Baranovichi court found Ryabov guilty of hooliganism and sentenced him to 6 days in prison.

Ryabov and one of his associates were charged with hooliganism. “He was accused of swearing and refusal to obey to the police requirements,” his friend says.

On October, the Hrodna riot policemen broke in the building of the Urban Life Center where Pyotr Ryabov was doing lecturing.

The police detained the philosopher and over 20 listeners and kept them in Leninsky district police department Grodno for 5 hours. The detainees were fingerprinted, each had to give their reasons for attending the lecture. According to the police officers, an administrative case might be open against them for alleged participation in an unauthorized mass event, but it is unclear whether the listeners would serve as participants or witnesses.

Dozens of meetings and lectures on history and culture have been already held in the Urban Life Center. It is not until the arrival of the anarchism scholar that some problem has arisen.

The Hrodna seized some books from Pyotr Ryabov. The philosopher links such a nervous reaction to his anarchist views. Both Belarusiand and Russian authorities are wary of anarchists and fight against them.

Another wave of persecution started in late September. The police raided at least three apartments where anarchists live and confiscated computer equipment. In one of the houses, riot policemen beat residents and took their money. Anarchists Kiril Alyakseyeu and Dzmitry Paliyenka are still behind bars.

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