The Ministry of Justice has demanded a stop to the activity of the movement altogether. So far, they have suspended it only temporarily.
Chairman of the movement “For Freedom” Yury Hubarevich wrote on Facebook on 19 August that the Supreme Court had ruled to suspend the activity of the movement for a month to correct problems with the legal address. According to Hubarevich, the Ministry of Justice has already sent all the necessary documents about the legal address – this should “solve all the issues unless the Ministry of Justice voices new ones.”
In the middle of July, the offices of the movement and the deputy chair were searched. At the time, a mass “purge” of NGOs began.
The search was sanctioned by seven articles of the Criminal Code. Two days before the search, the Ministry of Justice seized 42 documents from the Movement to check its activity. Two days before the search, the Supreme Court launched the liquidation suit against the movement.
According to Hubarevich, the claim to the movement was strange: allegedly, there is a problem with the legal address. But the Movement has a legal address (which was last changed in 2017) and regularly pays for its premises.
Six days after the search at the Movement, another search was conducted where Hubarevich was registered, and his ex-wife was detained. At the end of July, the accounts of the Movement were blocked.
The movement “For Freedom” is an association that often acts as a political party. The movement was founded in 2006 by presidential candidate Alyaksandr Milinkevich during the post-election protests (registered as a public association in 2008 at the fourth attempt). It campaigned for free elections, in defense of human rights and against the construction of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant. Chairman of the movement, Yury Hubarevich, held pickets to collect signatures during the 2020 presidential election but didn’t hand in his signatures. It is part of a coalition with the United Civil Party and the Belarusian Christian Democracy.