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Lukashenko invited to Sweden

Teddy bear Swedes decline KGB interrogation

Published tisdag 14 augusti 2012 kl 13.50
Studio Total's Tomas Mazetti and Hannah Frey, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Photo:Scanpix, Montage; Sveriges Radio

The Swedish PR firm Studio Total has decided not to accede to the demand from the Belarusian KGB to come to Minsk for questioning.

The security police had given three members of the agency management ten days to appear to answer questions about the 800 teddy bears carrying human rights messages that were dropped over Belarus in July.

But in a personal letter to Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko, published on its blog, Studio Total instead invites the hardline leader to their offices in Malmö, where they say they will tell him how they tricked his country’s air defences.

A leading Belarusian independent journalist had warned the Studio Total from going to Minsk. Pavel Sheremet, who lives in exile in Moscow, told Swedish Radio News that if they went, they would end up in isolation cells.

Sheremet, who runs a Belarusian news website, says it would be very stupid to trust the KGB.

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