Polish journalist denied entrance to Belarus

The Belarusian border guards have not allowed Waclaw Radzivinovicz, the journalist with Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza, to transit through Belarus on a train from Warsaw to Moscow, the newspaper's correspondent in Hrodna, Andrzej Pochobut told reporters. The incident took place in the night of July 16 in the border city of Brest.
Radzivinovicz is Gazeta Wyborcza's correspondent in Moscow. The Belarusian border guards first checked his documents and then asked him to leave the Moscow-bound train.

He was held in custody until 6 a.m. and then put on a Poland-bound train.

No marks or stamps to ban his travel to Belarus were left in his passport. The Belarusians only advised him to travel to Moscow either by air or through Ukraine.

Radzivinovicz earlier worked as the Polish newspaper's correspondent in Belarus. In September 2006 he was denied accreditation with the Belarus's Foreign Ministry and had to leave the country.

In February 2006, Radzivinovicz was denied entrance to Belarus despite all the necessary documents were in order. The Polish Foreign Ministry had to send a note of protest in respond to the incident, according to Belapan.