Authorities continue conducting searches of NGO offices, activists’ homes

On July 16, the police searched a Minsk flat where Maryna Dubina, the director of the non-government organisation Ecodom, is registered.

Maryna was not at home at that moment, readers report. The search was conducted as part of the criminal cases opened under Articles 293 and 342 of the Criminal Code (‘mass riots’ and ‘organising or preparing actions that grossly violate public order’, respectively).

Security sevices also raided the offices of human rights organisations TimeAct and Legal Initiative.

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The apartment of Yauhen Puhach (a members of the Legal Initiative board) was searched, equipment was confiscated. The flat which is recorded as a place of residence of Legal Initiative head Viktoryia Fyodarava was searched as part of the ‘mass riots’ criminal case of riots. Viktoryia left Belarus in March 2021.

The police also made an unexpected visit to the place of the mother of Syarhei Ustinau, a human rights activist and member of Legal Initiative. Computer equipment, documents and mobile phone were seized from her.

On Friday morning, siloviki also came for a number of Belarusian media workers contributing to Belsat TV and RFE/RL.

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