Belarus KGB releases Russian national in Minsk bombing case after six days of detention

The Belarus KGB today released the recently detained Russian national, student Vladimir Berlunin, 21, allegedly in connection with the July 3 bomb blast in Minsk, radio Ekho Moskvy reports, referring to his father who said Vladimir spent six days in KGB detention..

KGB interrogators were questioning Berlunin and other 10 suspects about possible complicity in the bombing of an outdoor concert, which injured 50 people. Suspects thus far have been held without bail, contact with relatives, or formal charges, The Earth Times says.

Berlunin's parents through attorneys asked the KGB for the student's release on bail, saying their son was anorexic and would suffer irreversible injuries to his health if detained in prison. There was no public response to the request, in keeping with an almost total ban on comments to media by any Belarusian official on the case.

Top targets of Belarusian security services repression are opposition political parties, independent media, evangelical Christian groups, ethnic Polish communities, and the Belarus offices of Western NGOs, according to media reports from Minsk.