Dmitry Bondarenko’s wife, Olga, said he had phoned her in the morning to say he’d been freed. Bondarenko had helped run the election campaign of former opposition presidential candidate, Andrei Sannikov, who also was freed over the weekend.
Both men were arrested along with about 700 others in December 2010 after police broke up a massive protest rally hours after voting ended in a presidential election that saw incumbent strongman Alexander Lukashenko win a new term. The demonstrators had been protesting alleged vote fraud. Western countries and monitors have called the vote deeply flawed.
Sannikov was sentenced to five years in prison and Bondarenko received a two-year sentence on charges of staging mass riots.