Former RFE/RL Photographer Arrested and Detained In Belarus

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAZh) said police arrested a photographer who previously worked for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

The group said Sunday that Ulad Hrydzin was taken to a pre-trial detention center in the capital Minsk but no information was available on charges against him and that his lawyer had not been able to meet with him.

According to Hrydzin’s relatives, the journalist stopped communicating with them on February 4, and when they went to his house on February 6, they saw his things scattered on the floor and that his laptop and camera were missing. 

The relatives said they found out later the police had taken him to the Akrestsina detention center. 

Hrydzin worked as a photo correspondent for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service until August 29, 2020, when his accreditation was revoked.

Since then, Hrydzin has worked as a freelancer.

Hrydzin had previously served 11 days in detention for filming one of the protest rallies that arose in 2020 against authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka who claimed victory in the election.

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