RF embassy in Belarus puts under control detention of RF media man

MINSK, March 24 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Embassy in Belarus has put under control the situation around a Russian citizen Alexander Lashmankin, who was detained in the Belarusian city or Orsha, Councilor of the Russian Embassy in Belarus Vadim Gusev told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“The embassy received the timely report about the detention of the Russian citizen,” he said. The Russian consular service is ascertaining “the details and motives behind this detention,” he noted. Gusev also noted that “the embassy put under control the situation and expects the explanations about the detention reasons from Belarus.”

Lashmankin is the editor-in-chief of the Samara news agency Svoboda, several Belarusian media outlets reported. The Belarusian police took him off the Chelyabinsk-Brest train in Orsha and detained him overnight to Thursday. He is charged with a petty hooliganism and drug trafficking.


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