Ihar Iliyash

Belsat TV journalist, released

Date of birth: 18 July 1988

Date of detention: 16 July 2021

Ihar Iliyash is a journalist working with Belsat TV.

Iliyash earlier worked for the newspaper Belorusy I Rynok ("Belarusians and the Market"), RFE/RL's Belarus service, contributed to several Russian and Ukrainian media outlets. Together with his wife, journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva (who is now imprisoned), he wrote the book "Belarusian Donbass", a documentary study on the role of Belarusian citizens in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Iliyash was detained on July 16, 2021 during mass searches of independent journalists in Minsk and other Belarusian cities. The journalist's apartment was searched, the equipment and books were confiscated, and then he was placed in a temporary detention center and was not released after 72 hours.

The journalist was released on July 26.

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