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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minsk Activist on 'Show Trial'

MINSK -- Belarussian activist Dmitry Dashkevich went on trial Monday in what the country's main opposition leader described as a show trial likely to worsen already poor relations with the West.

Dashkevich faces up to two years in prison on charges of membership in an unregistered organization, the Young Front.

Since Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko's March re-election, which sparked street protests, Belarus has tightened control over civil society.

Activists paraded outside the courthouse as the trial of Dashkevich, 25, got under way. "The Dashkevich trial is a show trial," former presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich said. "The authorities were frightened by the spring protests and are using repression to make sure they don't happen again."