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Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Georgian activists get 15 days in Minsk prison

From The Moscow Times:

Security officials had said Friday that they would deport two Georgian activists accused of teaching their local counterparts to stage anti-government protests similar to the demonstrations that brought down Georgia's longtime leader two years ago.

But a district court in Minsk said it had sentenced Georgy Kandelaki and Luka Tsuladze to 15 days in custody after finding them guilty of "minor hooliganism." The court refused to say what the Georgians, detained Wednesday, were accused of doing.

A Belarussian opposition activist, Dmitry Bondarenko, claimed that the Georgians were beaten and that the sentences were imposed to keep them in custody until their wounds heal. He said authorities often take similar measures against Belarussian opposition protesters.

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