Police detain youth leader Alexander Barazenka

Alexander Barazenka, an activist with the European Belarus public campaign, was today detained in Minsk report Charter'97
The young man was arrested today at 1300 near the Victory Square in central Minsk by police officers Ihar Harkush and Uladzimir Anishchuk. Alexander Barazenka was taken to a police station on Masherov Avenue. The detention was not justified.

Alexander Barazenka is one of the defendants in the notiroius Case of Fourteen which was opened under Article 342 in the Penal Code of Belarus for taking part in a protest of entrepreneurs on January 10, 2008 in Minsk.

Barazenka was arrested on October 27, 2008 in the office of the Interior Ministry's Investigation Department where he showed up for interrogation. On December 9, 2008, Minsk's Central District Court sentenced the youth activist to one year of restricted freedom without correctional labor.