Belarus Publishing House Raided; Copies Of George Orwell's '1984' Seized
A raid conducted on Knyhauvka, a publishing house that specializes in books about Belarusian history, led to the seizure of more than 200 books.
Photo Insert: The searches of the publishing house and the new store coincided with an alleged ban on the sale of George Orwell's 1984.
The founder, Andrei Yanushkevich, was sentenced to 10 days in prison, and the seller, Nasta Karnatskaya, was also arrested, Maria Yeryoma reported for the first issue of Belarus Weekly.
Recently, in an unspoken raid against Belarusian language and culture, the regime had suspended the activities of independent Belarusian publishing houses Limarius, Book Collection, Goliaths, and Madison.
The searches of the publishing house and the new store coincided with an alleged ban on the sale of George Orwell's 1984. The novel by Orwell has been among the bestsellers in the country.
According to local media, state-owned bookstores were ordered to take the book off their shelves but the Belarusian Ministry of Information denies the introduction of the ban.