Video of search of Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on January 2011

On January 17, 2011 a search was conducted of the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

Video in Russian

As was reported by the BelaPAN human rights defender Valentin Stefanovich, the initial attempts to enter the premises were made at approximately 15:30. But because the attempts were made by unknown plain-clothes individuals, the human rights defenders decided not to let them in. Later however, uniformed police officers arrived with a warrant to search the premises. At that point, the door was opened. According to Stefanovich, members of the Committee for Government Security (KGB) brought a warrant to search the premises in conjunction with a criminal case. He added that this was the third visit of members of the KGB to the office: the first time the office was broken into on the night of December 19-20, 2010 before the criminal case had actually been initiated, the second attempt was made during the day of December 20, 2010.

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