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Mass arrests of former trade union activists in Navapolatsk (updated)

Presumably, August 11, in a village near Navapolatsk (Belarus), riot police detained former chairperson of the primary trade union organization of the BNP of Naftan employees and civil activist Volha Brytsikava.


Volha Brytsikava
Volha Brytsikava

It is also known about the detention of Naftan strike activist Aliaksandr Kukharonak, who was one of the first to declare a strike at the enterprise in 2020.


Aliaksandr Kukharonak\\ belsat-pic
Aliaksandr Kukharonak

Volha Brytsikava and Aliaksandr Kukharonak were repeatedly detained in 2020-2022 and arrested administratively. Volha consecutively received 75 days of arrest.

It is known that they are accused under Part 2 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code (calls for sanctions, other actions aimed at harming the national security of Belarus).


A little later there was information about the detention and search of Aliaksandr Balonkin and Ivan Linkevich.

Details of the detention


Aliaksandr Kukharonak was detained by riot police in the village of Rositsa, Verkhnedvinsk district. The searches took place in his apartment in Navapolatsk, as well as at his parents' house and in the village of Rositsa. Kukharonak is charged under Article 361 of the Criminal Code (calls for restrictive measures (sanctions), other actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus), but it's not known in what part.


Earlier it was reported that Alexander's wife was also detained - she's at large, specifies "Viasna".


Brytsikava is accused under Part 1 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code (public calls for the seizure of state power, or violent change of the constitutional order, or treason, or committing an act of terrorism or sabotage, or the implementation of actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Republic of Belarus, or other actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus, including the application of restrictive measures (sanctions) against the Republic of Belarus). The sanction of the article provides for up to six years of imprisonment.


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