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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarussian Jailed Over Web Articles

MINSK -- A Belarussian court has sentenced an opposition leader to two years in prison for insulting the president and calling for revolution, an official said Sunday.

The imprisoned man's wife said she had not been told of the Aug. 1 verdict until last week.

Former lawmaker Andrei Klimov, who helped lead a 1996 drive to impeach President Alexander Lukashenko, was sentenced by a Minsk court Aug. 1, said Oleg Agafonov, a spokesman for the city prosecutor's office.

The charges stemmed from articles posted on the Internet.

Klimov, 41, was a member of the parliament that Lukashenko disbanded in 1996. He was arrested in 1998, the day he was expected to circulate a report by members of the disbanded parliament on violations of constitutional norms, and served four years of a six-year prison term following a conviction on what he said were politically motivated charges of fraud and misappropriation of funds.