Belarus authorities detain 2 Russians for taking part in protests

MINSK, December 30 (Itar-Tass) - Belarussian authorities have subjected to a new arrest two Russian citizens who took part in the riots organized by Belarussian oppositionists in Minsk and who were set free from administrative arrest Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said.

According to a report by the ministry's information and public relations department, "two citizens of Russia, who had been freed after serving an administrative arrest, were detained again - this time in connection with a case on the mass riots that occurred on December 19 and December 20."

"Under provisions of the effective legislation, the level of pretrial restrictions for the arrested individuals will be selected within three days," a spokesman for the ministry said.

Belarussian laws stipulate jail terms of up to 15 years as punishment for organizing mass riots.


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