Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

7 Belarus Ex-candidates For Presidency Charged Over Riots

Posted by Info on 30/12/2010

Seven former presidential candidates in Belarus have been charged with organizing mass riots. The seven are Vladimir Neklyayev, Nikolai Statkevich, Vitaly Rymashevsky, Andrei Sannikov, Alexei Mikhalevich, Grigory Kostusev and Dmitry Uss.

Neklyayev, Statkevich, Rymashevsky, Sannikov and Mikhalevich are in custody in Minsk, and Kostusev and Uss were released under a pledge not to leave the city.

On December 19, after polls closed in the presidential election, the opposition staged an unsanctioned rally in central Minsk to protest the victory of the incumbent head of state Alexander LUKASHENKO and attempted to storm the government residence.
Police dispersed the protesters. More than 600 people were detained.

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