Gay television journalist Siarhei Padsasonny got some uninvited guests Saturday night. “Militia” members reportedly showed up on Padsasonny’s doorstep claiming that he was disturbing his downstairs neighbors. Those “neighbors” were a closed grocery store, so naturally the reporter grew suspicious. Things got even more perplexing when KGB agents showed up. Padsasonny recently say down with Belarusian Radio Svadboda:
They said they had search warrant, and demanded that I open the door.
I refused, but they warned they would break the door. The warrant said I was suspected of involving pupils and students in the Young Front (an opposition youth group banned in Belarus), with the purpose to harm the state.
Padsasonny’s friends soon arrived to witness the visit, but were told to leave by KGB agents.
In addition to ruining a perfectly good Saturday night, the KGB also confiscated Padsasonny’s computer, video camera and memory drive. He has since fled his home.
This isn’t the first time Padsasonny had tangoed with the KGB – agents previously questioned Padsasonny for his work with a Polish television station.