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Raid at Sasha Filipenko’s Home, Father Detained!

“My house is being searched. There are seven people with machine guns. The father was taken away. The mother was told: ‘Say thank you to your son.’ It is obvious that they are putting pressure on me and want me to stop speaking out in the European press”.

PEN Belarus supports Sasha Filipenko and his family, strongly condemning the illegal persecution for political reasons. We emphasize the importance of defending freedom of expression which is currently under threat in Belarus.