Belarus activist seeking compensation for unlawful detention from KGB

Young Front activist Zmitser Kramyanetski considers his detention over the so called ‘White Legion’ case unlawful. He is seeking compensation from the Committee for State Security (KGB).

Taking Zmitser for questioning, KGB officers put a black bag on his head, which was done for the purpose of intimidation and psychological pressure, Human Rights Center Viasna reports.

The man plans intends to go to court with a plea against the Ministry of Finance, the KGB and the Interior Ministry for the compensation for material and moral damage caused and the reimbursement of legal assistance costs.

According to lawyer Alyaksei Loyka, the law says that state must compensate damage caused to a citizen as a result of unlawful detention.

Kramyanetski was detained on March 23 over the so-called ‘patriots case’. On June 2, the charges against him and other Young Front activists were dropped due to the lack of evidence.


About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.

Two pre-trial prisons of Minsk, the KGB prison and the Interior Ministry’s jail, continue to hold 14 people accused of ‘preparing riots’, some of them were charged with ‘establishing an illegal armed group’. According to unconfirmed information, they may be tortured and drugged.

On June 7, Belarusian human rights organizations published a joint statement calling for immediate release of all persons arrested in the ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison.

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