Independent journalists were detained at Minsk’s central railway station. Journalists Zakhar Shcharbakou, Andrei Korsak and Barys Haretski as well as Yahor Mayorchyk, Ales Piletski and Siarhei Hudzilin were expected to meet there the released political prisoner Paval Seviarynets.
Pavel Seviarynets was released at night. He was ordered to leave the special detention facility at 3 a.m. and take a train to Minsk to disrupt the plans of journalists and friends who wanted to meet him.
The police said the detainees would be set free if Paval Seviarynets didn’t organise a rally at the railway station. All journalists were set free 50 minutes after Paval Seviarynets left the railway station.