MINSK — Two correspondents of RFE/RL’s Belarus Service have been released from jail, 10 days after their arrests as part of authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s clampdown on the country’s independent media and civil society.
Ina Studzinskaya and Aleh Hruzdzilovich were released on July 26, but said they were informed that they remain suspects in an unspecified criminal case.
Studzinskaya had been on a hunger strike for nine days and Hruzdzilovich for three days to protest against their arrest. Another RFE/RL correspondent, Ales Dashchynski, was released on July 23.
The three journalists were arrested along with other independent journalists on July 16 after police and security forces searched their apartments and offices, including RFE/RL’s offices in Minsk.