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Belarusian journalist Alexandrov probed for involvement in criminal case - investigators

Previously, the journalist’s colleagues reported that Alexandrov went out of contact on January 12, he is currently in the Oktyabrsky police department of Minsk

MINSK, January 13. /TASS/. Belarusian journalist Andrei Alexandrov, apprehended earlier by the Belarusian law enforcement, is currently probed for involvement in violations of public order, tut.by reported Wednesday citing the Investigative Committee spokeswoman Yekaterina Garlinskaya.

"The mentioned citizen was apprehended because he is being probed for involvement in blatant violation of public order. His current status is a suspect," the spokeswoman said.

Previously, the journalist’s colleagues reported that Alexandrov went out of contact on January 12. He is currently in the Oktyabrsky police department of Minsk.

Alexandrov is a media sphere researcher, and works as a coach in media management schools of a number of countries. Previously, he served as the Journalist’s Association Deputy Chairman. He also worked as the BelaPAN news agency Deputy CEO. In 2014, he established the Belorussky Zhurnal website, and he is currently its publisher and editor-in-chief.

According to the Belarusian Journalist Association, journalists were apprehended in Belarus for a total of 479 times. Nine journalists are currently in detention over criminal cases; besides, journalists served administrative arrests for 97 times.