Resident of Polotsk, in the district of Vitebsk. One of the three accused in a criminal trial, in 1999 in Polotsk, for removing state flags.
Chronicle of repression
Anatol Blizniecov was arrested on 10 March 1999 along with two other residents of Polotsk, Siarhei Laviejkin and Oleg Kajdov. They removed several flags from the state buildings in protest against the ban on using white-red-white national flag.
Initially, all three were detained, but they were soon released. However, on 10 April 1999, all three men were arrested and beaten. Criminal case has been initiated. Blizniecov, Kajdov and Laviejkin were accused of removing on 9 April 1998 red and green state flag from buildings of the Polotsk’s District and Municipal Committees.
They were accused of deliberate vandalism and they admitted that they removed the flags, explaining that they did so in protest and following their sense of justice. They avowed that white-red-white flag is a real symbol of Belarus.
The criminal case was examined by a military court of Vitebsk on 8 July 1999. Anatol Blizniecov was sentenced under the article 186, part 2 (desecrating state symbols), and fined in the amount of 200 million rubles – which at that time was the equivalent of about $450.