Writer and journalist Sevyaryn Kvyatkouski detained upon arrival in Belarus

20.01.2022 Source:

On January 19, Belarusian writer and journalist Sevyaryn Kvyatkouski was detained.

Ёсць інфармацыя, што для следчых дзеянняў Квяткоўскага павезлі ў Пінск, паведамляе @by_culture.

Kvyatkouski decided to return to Belarus after spending six months abroad. Immediately upon his arrival, the Minsk police grabbed him not far from the block of flats he resides in. The writer was not even allowed to drop in at his place for a while.

A criminal case was initiated against Sevyaryn Kvyatkouski, his friends say. Allegedly, some critical comments made on social media resulted in Sevyaryn’s ending up in the Belarusian authorities’ crosshairs. According to the friends, Sevyaryn was taken to the town of Pinsk (Brest region) so that investigative actions could be conducted against him. However, the authorities have not yet confirmed or refuted the information.

Sevyaryn Kvyatkouski worked for Radio 101.2 (1995-1996), Polish Radio for Belarus (1997-1998), Radio Racyja (1999-2002), contributed to the newspapers Imya (1995-1996) and Nasha Niva (1996-1999). He was the editor of the blog Let’s Be Belarusians! (2008-2012). Since 2012 he has been a journalist of RFE/RL. Sevyaryn is also the author of a number of books. He writes stories, essays, epigrams.