We issued the
following statement after learning that Belarusian authorities have stripped
Pavel Sheremet, a prominent journalist living in Russia, of his
Belarusian citizenship. In an interview today for the independent news Web site
Belarussky Partizan, Sheremet
said he received a notice about this from the Belarusian embassy in
“CPJ calls on Belarusian authorities to immediately return Pavel Sheremet's citizenship and passport, and allow him to travel freely to his native country,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
Nina Ognianova. “Sheremet has long been critical of the regime of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and has been jailed, attacked, and harassed for his work in the past. This latest official move appears as yet another act of official retaliation. It must be stopped at once."