Belarusian Greens leader Dzmitry Kuchuk put under arrest for 15 days

Dzmitry Kuchuk, leader of Belarusian Green Party. Мinsk, 24 April 2021. Photo: АВ / Belsat

On April 26, the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, unknown people tried to get into the office of the Belarusian Green Party, its leader Dzmitry Kuchuk stopped answering his phone. For hours, there was no information on his whereabouts.

On Tuesday, it became known that the police detained Kuchuk as an administrative case was initiated against him for ‘violating rules of organising or holding mass events’ (Article 24.23 of the Code of Administrative Offences). Today he has been tried and found guilty in Frunzenski district court of Minsk; judge Maryia Yarokhina has sentenced Dzmitry Kuchuk to 15 days of arrest.

Earlier, the Greens were reported to have filed an application for holding a rally to mark the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, but Minsk City Executive Committee turned it down. The Belarusian authorities might have refused to grant such permission, but they pulled lots of security officers and special vehicles, including water cannons and the Rubezh defensive system, to the Belarusian capital city on Monday. Although not a single mass action in memory of Chernobyl victims was held, several dozen people were detained in Minsk on April, 26.

Minsk: Over 20 persons detained on Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. No mass action held