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Member of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s campaign team detained in Maladziechna

Valiantsin Tsishko, a member of the initiative group of Tatsiana Karatkevich, has been reportedly detained today in Maladziechna.

The activist was picketing to collect signatures, and had all necessary documents. However, he was soon approached by police officers who stopped the picket.

He was taken to the police department, which he managed to report over the phone.

According to Valiantsin Tsishko, he was eventually brought back to the place of the picket. It turned out that his detention was due to the fact that he allegedly handed out leaflets, which is forbidden to do during the collection of signatures for nomination of presidential candidates. As a result, the activist was released without charges.