On June 29, Andrey Komlik-Yamatsin, Dzmitry Novik, Andrey Dundukou, Alyaksei Abramau and Ivan Kavalchuk were freed from remand prison Nr 1 in Minsk.
The defendants in the ‘case of patriots’ were met by families, journalists and friends.
Andrey Komlik-Yamatsin and his wife make clothes in traditional style (Terram album mark).
Ivan Kavalchuk is a 25-year-old architecture student from the town of Myadel. He works for ArgBud, one of the leading design organizations in Belarus. Since childhood, he has been speaking Belarusian.
Andrey Dundukou was detained when he and his family were going on holiday to Ukraine.
Dmitry Novik and Alyaksei Abramau were detained on March 21.
On March 21, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka stated that ‘armed militants trained in Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania’ were arrested. According to the Belarusian leader, it is them who planned ‘provocations’ during protest rallies.
About 30 persons – former members of the White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club Patriot, Young Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.
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.
The rest of the defendants may be released today.