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Belarus: Security Services Arrest Administrators of Major Opposition Vkontakte Groups

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Belarus, Breaking News, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Politics, Protest, Technology, RuNet Echo

Several administrators of opposition groups at Vkontakte network were detained, Nasha Niva reported [1] [by]. Sergey Pavlukevich [2] [by], administrator of “We Stand for Great Belarus [3]” [by] (123,000 members, functional although some reported its closure) was detained on June 4, 2011. Dmitry Nefedov [4] [ru], administrator of “Movement for the Future [5]” [ru/by] group (more than 211,000 members) was arrested [6] [by] on June 5. Ivan Stasyuk, another social network leader was captured on June 5 at the Polish-Belarus border but later released [7] [ru].