Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Human Rights Activist Held In Belarus Over Metro Bomb Blast

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee said Pavel Levinov, 50, was arrested on Monday and is being held for questioning for ten days. Three other journalists and human rights campaigners were also briefly detained. Police have not yet confirmed the report.

Opposition figures in Belarus had previously said they believed the metro blast on 11th april- which killed at least 13 – would be used as an excuse for a crackdown on dissent in the former Soviet republic.
In the immediate aftermath of the blast, President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the KGB – as the security forces are still known in Belarus –to “turn the country upside down” to find those responsible. While he did not rule out foreign involvement, he also dropped strong hints that opposition forces were to blame.

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