Another opposition activist in Gomel fined over satirical leaflets 11:47, 22/02/2006
Another opposition activist in Gomel has been fined 290,000 rubels (some $135) for carrying leaflets satirizing Belarus’ major state television networks on him.
Police officers detained Svyatoslav Shalamov on the street on February 8, took him to a police station and seized about 11,000 leaflets and stickers.
On Tuesday, a judge of the Zheleznodorozhny District Court in Gomel found him guilty of early campaigning against incumbent Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Mr. Shalamov told BelaPAN that he will contest the ruling. “I don’t hope to win much, but I will appeal to a higher court.”
A day before, Yury Glushakov was fined $135 on the same charge. The activist had satirical leaflets seized on February 7 after police stopped a fixed-route minibus in which he was traveling and searched his bag.