Belarus: KGB goes after activists through their social media accounts

AP: "Belarus is undergoing a severe economic crisis, and longtime President Alexander Lukashenko has overseen a sweeping crackdown on opposition and government critics. Authorities routinely block opposition websites using web-filters similar to those used in China. Pro-democracy activists such as those protesting Wednesday routinely use Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites to support one another and their cause." But one activist says he was arrested this week and only released after he agreed to give the KGB his social media account passwords.


  1. That would seem to also endanger all those who subscribe to that persons account. It just makes it easier for the government to trace and track friends and followers. Scary times these are!


  2. For those who do not know, it should be pointed out that Lukashenko’s Belarus is as bad an autocratic dictatorship as you can possibly imagine it, times two (at least). Not a place you want to be.

    1. and i feel like i hear worryingly little about it, being as close to my international back yard as it is.

  3. We lost here in Saudi Arabia recently. It might be limited to just our area but I don’t know. It doesn’t bring up the normal Saudi block, it just 404s everything. I’m a political junky and it sucks missing out on Matt Taibbi.

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