In Minsk, 72 hours after the arrest, a Russian woman, a volunteer of the Viasna human rights center, Yevgenia Babaeva, was released from the IVS. About it says in the message of human rights defenders.
Babayeva is under recognizance not to leave as a suspect in a criminal case. What exactly she is accused of is unknown.
The Russian citizen was detained after searches in the Viasna office together with other human rights activists. how told Yevgenia’s husband, Vyacheslav Babaev, “Dozhdu”, she became a figurant in a criminal case, but charges have not yet been brought against her. What exactly the Russian woman is suspected of is unknown.
Within the framework of the same criminal case, the coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty” Andrei Poluda, who was transferred after interrogation to the detention center on Akrestsin Street, and a human rights activist from the HRC “Viasna” deprived of registration in Belarus, Elena Laptenok, were detained for 72 hours.
Earlier it became known about the detention for three days in the framework of the criminal case of Vladimir and Nina Lobkovich, Valentin Stefanovich. Also, the chairman of “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski was detained in the criminal case. notes Euroradio.fm.
Vyacheslav and Evgenia Babayevs moved to Belarus five years ago when a man was offered a job there. The spouses did not participate in the protests, which began against the backdrop of massive fraud during the presidential elections, as the family feared deportation. However, Evgenia actively helped the detainees and their relatives – she was on duty near the police stations, and attended the courts.
Searches in many human rights structures in Belarus started in the morning of July 14th. The security forces broke down the door to the offices of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, came to the employees of Vesna, the movement For Freedom, the Imena organization, the Lawtrend Center for Legal Transformation, the Batkovshchina Belarusian Association of the World, the BEROC Center for Economic Research, the organization Gender Initiatives ”, as well as to the office of the“ Union of Belarusian Writers ”and other organizations.
By data “Vesny”, after searches and interrogations, 11 people were detained. The human rights organization recognized them as political prisoners and demanded that the Belarusian authorities release them.
In March, the Investigative Committee of Belarus aroused in relation to “Vesna” a criminal case under the article on organizing and active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order (article 324 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). According to investigators, Viasna finances and provides material support for illegal mass events.