A court hearing of the case of three journalists of the Russian online outlet Regnum is underway in Minsk. The journalists are accused of incitement of ethnic hatred. BBC reported that.
The defendants, Yuriy Pavlovets, Serhey Shyptenko and Dmitry Alimkin are the citizens of Belarus. The prosecution states that they called independence of Belarus into question. Now they are facing up to 12 years in prison.
The prosecutor is citing abstracts and phrases, where the authors accuse Belarus society in nationalism and Russophobia, they call the Belarusian language a dead one, they compare the national ornament on the state flag with Nazi symbols and call a modern Belarus an “under-country”.
Pavlov and Shyptenko are accused of illegal entrepreneurial activities. The prosecution treats the professional fees from Russian editorial offices as an income from illegal business activity as the defendants were not officially connected with Russian editorial offices with labor agreements and were not accredited in Belarus as reporters of any media.
At that prosecutor Aleksandr Korol was citing the norms of Law of Belarus on mass media.
According to the Belarus lawyers, the court proceedings to continue until spring.