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Editor-in-chief of online agency detained in Belarus

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13:21, 24 November 2019

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Vladimir Chudentsov, the editor-in-chief of the Belarusian “by24” agency was detained on suspicion of possession of drugs in a train, heading from Brest to Warsaw. TUT news outlet reports it.

According to the agency, Chudentsov was detained by customs officers at the Brest - Terespol checkpoint. An unknown substance was found in the journalist’s bag.

According to the mother of Chuventsov, Nina Nikolaevna, before the customs officers searched him, he left the bag unattended and went to the restroom. On the same day, a search was conducted at a journalist’s apartment, an unknown substance was also found there.

Chudentsov’s mother said that four people searched the apartment in the presence of two witnesses.

“They showed the certificate, but did not show any search paper,” the woman said.

According to her, the search has lasted for about two hours.

Reformation media outlet reports that detained journalist Vladimir Chudentsov was related to a certain telegram channel Nexta and a recent film about Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

In the 1990s, Vladimir Chuentsov worked for the state media and wrote some propaganda materials. In 2010, he changed his surname and worked for the Russian News Service, and then for TUT.BY. Having retired from there, he founded a by24.org website with a pronounced anti-Russian position.

As we reported, Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko, sentenced to eight years of imprisonment in Belarus, was pardoned. Sharoyko has already returned to Ukraine.

According to Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian Ombudsman, Sharoyko was pardoned after the talks between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

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