Belarusian journalist Gennadiy Mozheiko was detained on October 1, 2021 in Moscow, but the circumstances of his detainment have not been made clear yet. On the night of October 2, his mother was informed he was at the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsina Street in Minsk. On the night of October 5, he was transferred to the pre-trial detention prison in Zhodzina and at the end of December it turned out he was at the pre-trial detention centre No. 1 in Minsk.
There is speculation that Gennadiy's detainment is related to his note on Komsomolskaya Pravda website, about IT specialist Andrei Zeltser who died in a shooting with KGB officers and was accused of shooting one of the officers. Gennadiy included a comment from Zeltser's classmate in his note; in this comment, she spoke nicely about the deceased.
The note was published in the evening of September 28, 2021. The next day, September 29, the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus blocked the website of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus. On October 5, the Moscow-based administration of Komsomolskaya Pravda announced closing its office in Belarus.
'Incitement of racial, national, religious or other social hatred' and 'insult of an officer' are the charges brought against Mozheiko. Human rights defenders recognized him as a political prisoner.
The journalist's story is told by his friends and colleagues.