first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders protested strongly today at a raid by legal officials on the offices of the opposition weekly paper Minuty Veka (formerly Novy Peterburg) in which all its computers, as well as administrative documents and its archives since 1997 were seized, on the pretext that it did not have computer licences. “We deplore this increasingly common practice in Russia,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The authorities are preventing the appearance of opposition papers by claiming to fight computer piracy. Even if Minuty Veka did not have all its equipment licenced, this is no reason to close it down.” The 6 February swoop prevented that week’s issue from coming out the next day and the 14 February issue is in doubt. Editor Alexei Andreyev said the raid was linked to the imprisonment of one of the paper’s founders, Nikolai Andrushenko, and because its editorial line.He said Novy Peterburg stopped coming out on 29 November last year, five days after Andrushenko was arrested, but was replaced by a new paper, Minuty Veka.Andrushenko’s home and the paper’s offices were searched and a court accused him of printing “dubious” and “insulting” articles and exerting pressure on legal institutions. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for tests on 18 December and was held there until 16 January. He wrote to President Vladimir Putin on 4 February saying he wanted to renounce his Russian citizenship because he had been beaten several times in prison. Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Follow the news on Belarus February 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition weekly’s computers seized in raid May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Newslast_img