Authorities extend detention of sports journalist Aliaksandr Ivulin by another month

06.11.2021 Source: By BelaPAN

5 November. Aliaksandr Ivulin, a journalist with the now-blacklisted sports news website and soccer player who is viewed as a political prisoner by Belarusian human rights groups, has had his pretrial detention extended by another month, the unregistered Viasna Human Rights Center said on Friday.

Mr. Ivulin, who plays for FC Krumkačy Minsk in Belarus’ second division and has a popular YouTube channel focusing on soccer, has already been in custody for five months.

He was arrested in his Minsk home on June 3 and sentenced to 30 days in jail the following day on a charge of staging an unauthorized demonstration over a white-red-white-flag in a window of his apartment.

He was not released on completion of his jail sentence, as he was charged under Part One the Criminal Code’s Article 342, which penalizes “organizing or taking an active part in group actions grossly disturbing public order.” He was transferred to Pretrial Detention No. 1 in Minsk.