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Regional WATCH: Belarus K.G.B. Might Seize Opponent’s Son

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

Danil Sannikov, 3, at a Minsk park. With his parents in prison, a grandmother is caring for him.

This is a really horrible, scary post.

The [Belarus] government warned recently that it might seize custody of the 3-year-old son of an opposition presidential candidate who was jailed along with his wife, a journalist. The authorities said that they were investigating the status of the child, who is now living with his grandmother, and that they expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

In 16 years as ruler of Belarus, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has often been called Europe’s last dictator. But the plight of the child, Danil Sannikov, may represent a new tactic in the government’s persecution of the opposition, one that harks back to the Stalin era, when the children of so-called enemies of the people were sent to orphanages after their parents went to the gulag.

“Even in my worst nightmares I could not have conceived that this could happen,” said the child’s grandmother, Lyutsina Khalip.

Read the whole article: Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son by Michael Schwirtz in The New York Time, January 9, 2011.

Danil was with his parents, Andrei Sannikov and Irina Khalip, at a polling place in Minsk on Dec. 19.

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