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Teddy Bear Update: Belarus journalist freed on bail

After a month in KGB custody, a Belrusian journalist and real estate agent have been freed on bail, after agreeing not to leave the country.

US backs Sweden in Belarus teddy bear tiff

A state department spokesman said last week the U.S. is “deeply concerned” about tensions between Sweden and Belarus over a free-speech teddy bear drop last month, and “stands with Sweden” in working for human rights in the former Soviet Republic.

Belarus teddy-bear controversy heats up

Belarus officials have arrested at least one other person in connection with the July 4 free-speech teddy-bear drop, still insisting it was a hoax. Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the stunt called the country’s president “an armed clown."

Belarus journalist detained over free-speech teddy bear photos

Belarus authorities took a dim view of a July 4 publicity stunt when 1,000 teddy bears with free speech slogans were air-dropped in the countryside near Minsk. A journalist who posted photos of the bears has been arrested and held for the past three days.

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