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posted Friday, December 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 52
Belarus KGB security harassing LGBT activists
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Belarus KGB security harassing LGBT activists

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Gay activist was detained and questioned by the Belarus KGB in December, according to reports published by the British Gay Star News.

Like its Soviet-era namesake, the Belarus KGB is a special security service detailed to deal with supposed threats to the Belarus government and public order.

The young man, who reportedly asked not to be identified by name, subsequently declined an 'invitation' from the KGB for further 'discussions,' Gay Star News said.

He said he was summoned to the KGB office in Hrodna, a city close to the border with Poland and Lithuania, on December 19.

'They asked me about the management of [the GayBelarus organization] and some of its members,' he said, referring to the first grilling, in a statement released in Minsk on December 23.

'In particular, they asked me about the address of the organization's leader Siarhei Androsenka. They also offered cooperation with them to report on what is going on inside the organization.'

Another GayBelarus activist, Maksim Haikou, was interrogated in Vitsebsk by KGB agents who inquired about the group's plans to hold a Pride event in the city, close to the border with Russia.

One of the co-founders of GayBelarus who is studying at a university in Vitsebsk, was been accused of 'undermining the moral basics of the state' and promoting an 'unhealthy lifestyle' following an interview with school officials.

Several GayBelarus members reported they received phone calls from the Belarus Ministry of Justice. Officials quizzed the activists on whether they had attended the GayBelarus founding congress on October 15.

'This is a situation I have foreseen - the active stand of our organization could not but attract attention from the state,' said GayBelarus leader Siarhei Androsenka.

'We all know in what state we are living. I am calling on the activists not to fear such situations and report on them to the organization's leaders.'

Belarus, formerly the Belorussian SSR, is one of several countries that became independent when the Soviet Union imploded in 1991. Its president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has been accused of egregious human rights violations.

In 2004, Lukashenko publicly accused the E.U. and the United States of using LGBT rights as a pretext to undermine his country.

'We have to show our society in the near future, what they [the E.U. and U.S.] are doing here,' he said, 'how they are trying to turn our girls into prostitutes, how they are feeding our citizens with illicit drugs, how they are spreading sexual perversion here, which methods they are employing.'

Same-sex relations were legalized in Belarus in 1994, but there are no anti-discrimination laws that protect sexual orientation or gender identity, and no hate crimes laws that apply to the LGBT community.

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