Yegor Martinovich, editor-in-chief of the Belarusian newspaper Nasha Niva, is accused of causing property damage without signs of embezzlement (part 2 of article 216 of the Criminal Code). About it reported on her Facebook page, the journalist’s wife Adarya Gushtyn.
The punishment under this article provides for up to five years in a colony or a term of restriction of liberty without detention. Who exactly suffered the damage has not yet been specified.
The same article was previously imputed to the head of the advertising department of Nasha Niva, Andrei Skurko.
Martinovich, head of the advertising department Andrei Skurko, chief accountant Olga Rakovich and chief editor of children’s and popular science magazines published by Nasha Niva, Andrei Dynko, were detained on July 8. After interrogation, they were sent to the isolation ward.
Searches were carried out in the editorial office of the newspaper. At the same time, the Belarusian Information Ministry restricted access to the Nasha Niva website.
On July 16, Rakovich was released from the detention center at Akrestsin Street.
Later it became known that Martinovich was beaten during his arrest. The journalist received a head injury. As Nasha Niva wrote, after searches in the office and house, Yegor Martinovich was taken for interrogation to the Investigative Committee, where an ambulance was called for him.
On July 13, Nasha Niva announced the termination of work in the country. Some of the newspaper’s employees decided to leave Belarus, the rest stopped working in the editorial office.