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  • Human rights activists say journalist Henadz Mazheika has been released

    Journalist Henadz Mazheika has been released from prison. This follows from the information posted on the website of the Viasna Human Rights Center.

    Mazhei­ka was removed from the cur­rent list of polit­i­cal pris­on­ers. Vias­na lists his release date as Novem­ber 23, 2023.

    The cir­cum­stances of his release are unknown, but accord­ing to Pozirk’s cal­cu­la­tions, he most like­ly com­plet­ed his sen­tence.

    On 23 March 2023, Min­sk City Court sen­tenced Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da cor­re­spon­dent Henadz Mazhei­ka to three years in prison for “incit­ing enmi­ty” against pub­lic offi­cials.

    Henadz Mazhei­ka was arrest­ed on the night of Octo­ber 2, 2022, fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of an arti­cle about Andrei Zeltser, who was killed in a shootout with KGB agents dur­ing a raid on his apart­ment.

    The Belaru­sian Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion blocked access to Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da’s kp.by web­site. Accord­ing to the agency, the deci­sion was made because the news­pa­per pub­lished infor­ma­tion that could “pose a threat to nation­al secu­ri­ty”.

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