Embassy of Russia waits for an explanation

The Russian Embassy in Belarus has information about the detention of a Russian citizen, a journalist and human rights activist Alexander Lashmankin and asks the Belarusian side to indicate what were the motives of detention.

About This was announced RIA Novosti Russian Embassy in Belarus Vadim Gusev.

"We appealed to the Belarusian side to explain the motives and circumstances of the arrest of a Russian citizen," — said Gusev.

Chief editor of the Samara human rights news agency "Freedom" Alexander Lashmankin was removed from the train Chelyabinsk — Brest, Belarus law enforcement agencies.

"Now we are waiting for a response from the Belarusian side," — said Gusev.

"Alexander Lashmankin went to Belarus as an officially accredited journalist to cover the situation in the country after the events of the 19th of December last year. Unwillingness of law enforcement officials to comment on the reasons for his detention and conflicting information from them suggest that in this case there is nothing but an attempt to interfere with the professional activities of a journalist, "- said Konstantin Baranov, representative of the International Observation Mission in Belarus.

Last week in Minsk was arrested Another Russian human rights activist Andrei Yurov, who was asked to leave the country within 24 hours.

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