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The United States demands the immediate release of Vitaly Shklyarov, an American citizen arrested in Belarus. This is stated in a published tweet by the US National Security Council (SNB), citing President Trump’s adviser Robert O’Brian.
«The United States is calling for the immediate release of Vitaly Shklyarov, an American citizen and husband of an American diplomat who was unjustly detained in Belarus almost two months ago. Mr. Shklyarov should be returned to his family», – said in a statement published on the official Twitter account of the SNB.
Recall that 44-year-old political scientist Vitaly Shklyarov, who has an American diplomatic passport, was detained when he was visiting his parents in his hometown of Gomel on July 29, shortly before the presidential elections in Belarus..
At the time of the arrest, Shklyarov managed to quickly report the arrest on his popular Russian-language Telegram channel..
The Belarusian authorities accuse him of collaborating with imprisoned opposition blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky to organize «group actions that grossly violate public order».
Tikhanovsky –the husband of the main rival of President Alexander Lukashenko in the elections, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is now in Lithuania.
Vitaly’s wife, American diplomat Heather Shklyarova, denied in her statement that her husband had ever participated in the campaign.
According to Shklyarova, her husband was charged with organizing an illegal rally in support of Tikhanovsky in Grodno, although he had never been in this city and did not meet with Tikhanovsky..
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«His only fault, – notes Heather Shlyarova, – was that he wrote articles in which he publicly criticized the administration of President Lukashenko».
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Bigan also called for the release of Vitaly Shklyarov.
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