KGB Shows Interest In Democratic Activists’ Work 11:23, 02/02/2005
KGB officers in Mahilyou region are showing interest in the activities of the democratic activists. This interest has grown recently. Last Friday the editor-in-chief of the Krychau independent newspaper “Volny Horad” and the head of the regional branch of the United Civil Party Syarhei Nyarouny, was summoned to the KGB for a conversation. Syarhei Nyarouny was asked about some articled printed in the newspaper “Volny Horad”. In particular, the article about the conflict in the Krychau regional veteran organization, which was reported on by the newspaper and which, according to the information of Nyarouny, the authorities were trying to hush up before the 60th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
“This fuss is taking place one year before the presidential elections. The opposition is to be pressurized. And I think that it is connected with the new head of presidential administration, who takes everything under his control, and the new appointment of the national KGB chief,” told Syarhei Nyarouny to Radio Svaboda.
Besides, in Mahilyou the KGB was interested by the participants of the seminars organized by the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Belarusian Ebert Foundation. A pupil of the 11th form of one of the Mahilyou schools and director of the school wall newspaper Vital Ruhajny was summoned to the office of the headmaster and had a conversation with the KGB officer, who asked in detail about the seminar, its participants and the ideological orientation of the journalists’ discussion.