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  • Businessman and publisher of Baranavichy newspaper Shag evacuated from Belarus

    This was reported by Andrei Stryzhak, head of the BYSOL Foundation, in his Telegram channel.

    Ana­tol Vait­si­ak­hous­ki, busi­ness­man and pub­lish­er of the news­pa­per Shag from Baranavichy had to flee the coun­try urgent­ly due to crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

    Anatol’s evac­u­a­tion was the result of the quick reac­tion and proven prac­tice of the BYSOL Foundation’s evac­u­a­tion ser­vice.

    The man was arrest­ed in April 2023. He was accused of com­ment­ing on the war in Ukraine and par­tic­i­pat­ing in protests.

    Ana­tol Vait­si­ak­hous­ki was one of the founders of the Baranavichy news­pa­per Shag, which was first pub­lished in 1996. Accord­ing to Nasha Niva, it was one of the first pri­vate news­pa­pers in the city and once one of the most pop­u­lar, with a cir­cu­la­tion of 11,000 copies. In 2001, the pub­lish­er left the media and launched a new edi­tion called Shag Mest­naya Gaze­ta. In 2003, the Belaru­sian author­i­ties first banned the news­pa­per in the coun­try and then closed it down com­plete­ly.

    After that, the jour­nal­ist left the media sec­tor and went into busi­ness.

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