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lithuanian belarus border violation

Parliamentary committee on Teddy bear incident

Published tisdag 14 augusti 2012 kl 10.09
Studio Total's Facebook page links to several videos, including this one from a Russian television station, showing the teddy bears. Photo: Radio Sweden

Following a Swedish PR company dropping 800 teddy bears with human rights messages over Belarus, the Lithuanian parliament’s Defence Committee has been called to a special session.

The plane that dropped the teddy bears flew from Lithuania.

The chairman of the committee says new information on the border violation has emerged.

After the incident Belarus’ hardline president Alexander Lukashenko fired two of his top generals, and the Belarusian KGB has called on staff from the Swedish PR firm Studio Total to come to the country for questioning.

This comes against the background of the expulsion of the Swedish ambassador from Belarus, ostensibly for meeting with dissidents, and subsequent closure of the two countries' embassies in each others capitals.

Teddy bear Swedes warned against trusting KGB

A leading Belarusian independent journalist has warned the Swedish PR firm Studio Total from acceding to the demand from the KGB security police to come to Minsk for questioning.

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