A Swedish pilot in the air over Belarus
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Belarus president fires air force and border chiefs after 'teddy bear' stunt

The air force and border security chiefs of Belarus have been sacked by President Alexander Lukashenko after a Swedish plane secretly managed to cross into their airspace and drop teddy bears into the country with labels calling for freedom.

Following the incident police arrested two Belarusians suspected of aiding and abetting the Swedish stunt - journalism student Anton Suryapin and Sergei Basharimov, an estate agent.

If found guilty they could face up to seven years in jail.

  • 01 Aug 2012
  • From the section Europe
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