Belarusian police release Russian human rights activists

Five Russian human rights activists, who were detained by Belarusian authorities on Wednesday, have been released, a spokesman for a Belarusian human rights center said.

Viktoria Gromova, Lyubov Zakharova, Irina Paikacheva, Yury Dzhibladze and Alexander Mnatsakyan were detained at the Belarusian human rights center Vyasna (Spring) shortly before they were to attend a news conference on the human rights situation in the country.

“All of them have been released. No charges were pressed against them,” Valentin Stefanovich told RIA Novosti.

Belarusian police earlier said the Russians were being questioned for identification purposes but “not detained.”

Belarusian authorities detained and expelled two Russian human rights activists in March and April.

MINSK, May 5 (RIA Novosti)

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