KGB warns Hrodna human rights defender about his publications


On 25 April 2013, Hrodna human rights defender and journalist Uladzimir Khilmanovich has been summoned to the KGB’s regional department after he received a phone call from a KGB officer Dalhikh.

The KGB employee said Uladzimir Khilmanovich was to appear at the KGB office this afternoon. However, he failed to specify the exact reasons for the expected interrogation, saying that the visit “is within the jurisdiction of the KGB’s department.”

On 26 April 2013, after the meeting with a KGB officer, Uladzimir Khilmanovich was warned that his newspaper articles in the Bialystok-based “Niva” newspaper might be subject to criminal charges of defaming the Republic of Belarus, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Belarus service reports.

According to Khilmanovich, after talking to a KGB officer, it became clear that they close tracked his publications, not only in Belarus, but also in foreign editions.

In particular, they pointed to his publication in the Bialystok-based “Niva” newspaper, which dealt with the police beating of an innocent man, and the absence of Belarusian-language education in Hrodna. The KGB officer said it was not true.

Thus, according to Khilmanovich, the security agencies are trying to influence the people who share information about Belarus in the world.


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