Spy hunt in progress

A young opposition activist was questioned by KGB officers as a witness in the high treason case.

The interrogation of Yauhen Kanstantsinau, leader of the unregistered Union of Young Intellectuals, lasted two hours.

“I signed a pledge not to disclose the details,” Mr Kanstantsinau told news agency BelaPAN. “I asked for an opportunity to meet with Andrey Haydukou, but my request was rejected. I asked about his detention conditions and was told that he was alright.” Mr Kanstantsinaw suggested that the criminal investigation against Mr Haydukou would be prolonged.

Andrey Haydukou, Deputy Head of the Union of Young Intellectuals, was arrested by Belarusian secret services on November 8, 2012. The young man worked at Navapolotsk plant Naftan and studied at Polatsk University. According to the unconfirmed information, at first the KGB accused Haydukou of “intention to sign a treaty with U.S secret services”, the maximum punishment for it being two years of imprisonment. But later the case was redrafted; chekists must have decided that the “treaty” had been already signed. On November 13, 2013 KGB spokesman Alyaksandr Antanovich announced that Mr Haydukou had “gathered and passed political and economic information on the instructions of a foreign intelligence agency,” and that he had been caught in the act of making a dead drop.

Belsat, following BelaPAN


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