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More people face charges over election day protest


More people have been formally charged with administrative offenses in connection with their involvement in a post-election protest held on October 11 in central Minsk.

Police officers have brought charges against European Belarus activists Leanid Kulakou, Maryia Kasyian, Mikalai Kolas, Aliaksandr Rybachenka, as well as opposition activist Volha Nikalaichyk, philosopher Uladzimir Matskevich and businessman Aliaksandr Makayeu.

All of them have been invited to local departments of the Interior to be accused of an administrative offense under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code, “violation of the order of organizing and holding mass events”. As a result, they face a fine of up to 5.4 mln rubles, or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.

According to Leanid Kulakou, he did not see the police report, he was only interviewed and then released.

Earlier, summonses were received by other protesters: Artur Zhuk, Vital Rymasheuski, Adam Hlobus, and others. Administrative charges were also brought against Yury Urs and Yauhen Amelkau, activists who staged a performance during the October 11 protest.