Government frees opposition writer Andrei Klimau

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Receive email alerts Writer and opposition activist Andrei Klimau was released on 15 February, well before completion of a two-year sentence, in what appears to be a government gesture aimed at improving relations with the European Union.“We now call for the release of Alyaksandr Zdvizhkou, the editor of the weekly Zhoda, who is serving a three-year sentence for reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, as his detention is a press freedom violation,” Reporters Without Borders said.Arrested on 3 April 2007, Klimau was sentenced on 1 August to two years in prison for “inciting the overthrow of the regime” in an online article accusing President Alexandre Lukashenko of being implicated in the murder of former deputy prime minister Viktar Hanshar.Klimau’s release had not been expected before October at the earliest. The release of political prisoners as a goodwill gesture has always been a prior condition of any rapprochement with the EU. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation center_img to go further News Help by sharing this information News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News June 2, 2021 Find out more February 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government frees opposition writer Andrei Klimau May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more