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The former editor-in-chief of the Belarusian opposition Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich was released from house arrest, where he spent seven months. He announced this during a live broadcast on the channel of the director of the Systemic Human Rights Center, pro-government activist Dmitry Belyakov.
Protasevich also said that he was starting cooperation with the specified center.
According to him, now this is his place of work, where he will deal with media issues.
“I am not a person with a legal background. And my work at the Systemic Human Rights Center does not mean that I will become a lawyer or a human rights activist. A significant part of my work will be related, among other things, to working with the media, popularizing the cases that the center deals with,” Protasevich explained.
He also mentioned two things that the center deals with: the case of the Polish soldier Emil Chechko and the use of force by the Polish security forces against migrants on the Belarusian border. Protasevich specified that the center plans to file lawsuits and try to convince the international community that the actions of the Polish security forces should be investigated.
As for the details of the criminal case against himself, Protasevich only indicated that the investigation is still ongoing. He added that he concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation. Although the preventive measure for him remains the same – house arrest, today he was able to leave the place where he is serving it.
Protasevich admitted that in freedom it is “hard for him to adapt and socialize.”
Edition Zerkalo.io notes that the director of the center is Dmitry Belyakov, a graduate of the Military Academy in Minsk and a member of the Communist Party of Belarus. In Russia, he several times acted as an expert at various events, and in August 2020, on the Russian TV channel Zvezda, Belyakov was presented as a retired KGB lieutenant colonel.
Source: Росбалт by www.rosbalt.ru.
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