Hefty fine imposed on Brest blogger Syarhei Pyatrukhin


A fine of 1,102 rubles has been imposed on Brest-based blogger Syarhei Pyatrukhin; local activist Kanstantsin Astapuk will have to pay 343 rubles to the state budget.

Leninski district court heard their cases and found them guilty of organizing an unauthorized mass event. On September 30, the police detained activists after the protest rally against the construction of a battery factory in the city of Brest. The two men’s wearing the T-shirts with emblems of the protest might have become the reason for the detention.

According to the blogger, the judgment is unlawful because the police officers who witnessed in court, failed to provide evidence.

“They brought a disc that allegedly contained the video of my committing a wrongdoing. But they did not manage to play it. Therefore, I will appeal against the decision,” Pyatrukhin said.

On September 30, about 100 persons took part in the rally. The two men’s wearing the T-shirts with emblems of the protest might have become the reason for the detention.

The Chinese company is building the battery plant which will produce lead-acid batteries at a rapid pace. Its work may cause severe damage to human health due to lead emissions within a radius of 30 kilometers. Lead dust from production may provoke many serious diseases, including cancer.

belsat.eu

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