17 Oct 2017 09:31

Belarus deports Russian philosopher Ryabov to Russia

MINSK. Oct 17 (Interfax) - Russian historian and philosopher Pyotr Ryabov has been deported from Belarus to Russia and has been banned from entering Belarus for ten years.

"Pyotr Ryabov was released from the detention facility [in Baranovichi] on October 16, at around 7:30 p.m.," Baranovichi's Intex-press news website said.

Ryabov's acquaintance told Intex-press that the historian had been sent to the Russian city of Smolensk and had been banned from entering Belarus for ten years.

Law enforcement agencies have declined to comment on this information.

It was reported that Ryabov, who was detained in Baranovichi on October 10, was sentenced to six days of arrest for hooliganism. Prior to that, police interrupted Ryabov's lecture in Grodno as police officers were verifying information that extremist literature could be distributed at the event.

The last Monday lecture of the Russian historian on the libertarian social thinking in the last third of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century at the City Life Center in Grodno was interrupted by law enforcers. According to Grodno-Life, the police detained some 20 persons, including the lecturer, took them to the police station but later released.

Ryabov, a candidate of philosophy, is a senior lecturer of the chair of philosophy of the Moscow State Teachers' Training University. He is a Russian anarchist and member of Autonomous Action, his page in a social network states.