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07:52 PM, March 02, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:57 PM, March 02, 2021

Belarus court sentences journalist to six months in prison

A Belarusian court today sentenced a journalist to six months in prison for divulging medical secrets, after she had contradicted official statements about the killing of a protester who the authorities suggested was drunk at the time.

Katerina Borisevich had reported that there was no alcohol in the bloodstream of protester Roman Bondarenko when he died.

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Artyom Sorokin, the doctor who had shared Bondarenko's medical report with Borisevich, was given a suspended sentence.

The death of 31-year-old Bondarenko became a flashpoint in months of mass protests against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko, who launched a violent crackdown that has triggered Western sanctions on Minsk but support from Russia.

The authorities alleged that revealing information about Bondarenko posed a threat to public safety.

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