Charge brought against philosopher Uladzimir Matskevich

Uladzimir Matskevich. Photo: ТК / Belsat

A charge has been filed against Uladzimir Matskevich, a prominent Belarusian philosopher, methodologist and scholar, human rights centre Viasna reports.

He is accused of ‘organising actions that grossly violate public order’ (Article 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus). In accordance with Belarusian law, after the accusation is slapped, the authorities may keep a suspect in custody for at least two months.

On August 15, the philosopher was transferred to a pre-trial detention centre on Valadarski Street in Minsk.

Uladzimir Matskevich was detained on August 4 along with Ulad Vyalichka, the former head of the international consortium EuroBelarus, and analyst Tatsyana Vadalazhskaya, a coordinator of the Flying University. Their homes were searched; later; Vadalazhskaya and Vyalichka, were released.

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