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Belarusian journalist detained for public order offense

15.01.2021, 16:41

Belarusian journalist Andriy Aleksandrov was detained for organization and preparing of actions that flagrantly disturbed public order, or have an active part in them, as “Belorusky partisan” reported.

“The said person has been detained In order to establish his involvement in actions that flagrantly disturbed public order, which took place in the city of Minsk. At present, he has status of a suspect," said the official representative of the Investigative Committee in Minsk Kateryna Garlinska.

On January 13, Aleksandrov's lawyer was denied to visit him in the temporary detention facility at 1 Okrestina Lane in Minsk.

"I was not allowed to enter the detention center, citing the temporary suspension of visits by a lawyer due to COVID," said his lawyer Olga Karpushonok.

According to the Belarussian Association of Journalists (BAJ), Andriy Aleksandrov graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of Polotsk State University. He holds a Master's degree in Media Management from the University of Westminster in London.

He began his journalistic career in Novopolotsk. In 2009-2012 he was Deputy Chairman of the BAJ. He was an employee of international organizations Index on Censorship and Article 19. Then, in 2015–2018, he was Deputy Director of the BelaPAN news agency. He is publisher of the Internet project "Belarusian Magazine".

As IMI reported , on January 13 in Minsk (Belarus Andriy Aleksandrov, who had been reported missing previously, was found denained in Minsk.

Andriy Alexandrov stopped communicating on January 12 at about 2 p.m. Alexandrov's girlfriend, with whom she also had no contact since January 12, was found in the Minsk Center for Isolation of Offenders on Okrestin Street.

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