Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda to send its envoy to Minsk following arrest of its journalist

04.10.2021 Source: By BelaPAN

Komsomolskaya Pravda will send its envoy to Minsk on October 4 in connection with the arrest of its journalist Hienadź Mažejka, the Russian newspaper reported with reference to its editor in chief, Vladimir Sungorkin. 

According to Mr. Sungorkin, two lawyers will defend Mr. Mažejka.

Earlier, Mr. Sungorkin described the situation regarding the Belarus version of Komsomolskaya Pravda as arbitrariness.

“Just a few days ago, we believed that there was some kind of protracted misunderstanding, but now I think that everything that is happening to Komsomolskaya Pravda is just... Perhaps the best word would be arbitrariness,” Mr. Sungorkin said in a radio interview on Saturday. 

On October 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that its journalist Hienadź Mažejka had been arrested and placed in the detention center on Akrescina Street in Minsk.

Mr. Mažejka is the author of an interview with a former classmate of Andrej Zieĺcer, a Minsk man who was killed by officers of the Committee for State Security (KGB) during a raid on his apartment on September 28.

Mr. Zieĺcer, a 31-year-old IT worker, is believed to have fatally wounded a KGB officer before being shot dead inside his apartment.

In the interview, which was posted on the night of September 28, a woman who went to school together with Mr. Zieĺcer described him as a good person who “always stood up for truth.”

On the morning of September 29, the website of the Belarus version of Komsomolskaya Pravda stopped being accessible to users by order of the Belarusian information ministry.