Police detain several professors linked to Belarusian State University

On the day of Alyaksandr Lukashenko’s visit to the country’s main higher education institution, a number of current and former lecturers of the Belarusian State University (BSU) were taken away by the Minsk police.

They detained Svyatlana Volchak, the head of the strike committee and a former BSU teacher, her husband Mikhail Volchak, and Pavel Pyatrou, a senior lecturer at the BSU Department of Physical Electronics and Nanotechnologies (Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technologies), human rights centre Viasna reports.

Pyatrou’s home was searched; the man is one of the creators of BSU Sat-1, the first university mini-satellite in Belarus and the author of many scientific articles.

A day earlier, Volha Kavalevskaya, a senior lecturer at Geography Faculty, was taken in. In addition, there are reports about the arrest of one of the administrators of TG channel BSU 97 ASSOCIATION.

The reasons for the detentions are still unknown.

As reported earlier, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with BSU students on Friday morning. According to him, ‘universities are no place for political rallies’; he told the participants in the meeting that no one could forbid them to speak out, but warned against ‘violating the law’.

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