Internet removes the cover of anonymity for Belarus KGB

Jan 29, 2012
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Users of BY-net (a short name for the Belarusian segment of the Internet) have identified a KGB functionary who had been recruiting activists who participated in the silent demonstrations. A man in the photo leaked to Belarusian social networks has been identified rather quickly as Raman Savuchin. Charter97.org reports that this officer was working along with Dzmitry Kalamijec, an officer who became famous in the BY-net after his photos surfaced showing him recruiting Maks Carniauski, one of the prominent activists from the silent demonstrations .

This is not the first time internauts have used social networks to identify policemen who have taken part in the repressions. The most recent example took place in summer 2010 when photo and video materials made during the silent demonstrations were widely circulated in the social networks and charter97.org to help identify the plain-clothes policemen who had been beating people. This resulted in pulling back the cover of anonymity of the soldier who had allegedly sprayed pepper gas during the 3 July demonstration.  Back in the 2010 elections, bloggers published dozens of screenshots showing VKontakte.ru profiles of the militia soldiers who participated in the brutal pacification of the election day protest.

Photo from charter97.org


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Alaksiej Lavoncyk

Alaksiej Lavonczyk is a media activist and social media expert from Minsk, Belarus. He had been in charge of the training projects for the NGOs and media on building their capacity in online campaigning and end-user security. Alaksiej had also acted as a consulting and technical expert for NGOs and media in Belarus and four countries of Central Asia (except Turkmenistan) on upgrading media/NGO websites to meet contemporary standards, and on their promotion online. Alaksiej is also running an online training centre for the Central Asians preparing the specialists in SMO promotion.
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