Journalists and activists detained on the Day of commemorating victims of stalinist repressions


Several journalists were temporarily detained in separate incidents today, including correspondents from the Mourning Marathon, commemoration of people who died from Stalin repressions.

The Mourning Marathon started from Kalvaryjski Cemetary: people lay flowers and lit candles, after which policemen arrived and asked the people to proceed to the police department. Journalists were detained together with participants of the action, in all more than 20 people, reported Belarusian association of journalists.

Among the detainees there were journalists Natallia Valakida, Siarhei Krauchuk, Natallia Benitsevich, Dzianis Nosau and Aliaksandr Korsakau. They were taken to the Frunzenski district police department, where they were searched, questioned and set free in an hour and a half.

The Mourning Marathon commemorates victims of the Stalinist repressions of 30s and 40s of the twentieth century; today’s date is chosen as the Day for Commemoration of Victims of repressions as on this day more than 100 scientists, literary men, teachers and other intellectuals were executed in Minsk NKVD prison. The route of the Marathon lay over the places of mass killings and burials of the victims.

Also two journalists were briefly detained when holding an opinion poll near the Pershamaiskaya metro station. Aliaksandr Barazenka and Maryja Artsybashava were taken to the Lenin district police department, then to the prosecutor’s office of the Lenin district, then back to the police district. The journalists were questioned and warned that they would have to appear to the prosecutor’s office for a talk after they receive the summons.

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