Belarus Border Guard Gets 2 Years in Teddy Bear Stunt
Fallout from Swedish stunt continues
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 8:43 AM CST
In this undated photo provided by Studio Total teddy bears hang on parachutes during a training in Stockholm, Sweden.   (AP Photo/Studio Total/Per Cromwell)

(Newser) – Fallout from the Belarus-Sweden teddy bear war continues, more than seven months later: Now a border guard has been sentenced to two years in prison over the stunt, the Los Angeles Times reports. A Swedish plane dropped the invading stuffed toys, complete with messages urging freedom and free speech, into Belarus on July 4. Border patrol detected the plane and the border post was informed, but the guard on duty did not report the airspace violation to his superiors.

Two officials were fired last year for failing to stop the plane, and Belarus later cut quite a few ties with Sweden. Human rights groups say Belarus is one of Europe's most repressive regimes, with at least a dozen political prisoners currently jailed.

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Feb 19, 2013 11:21 AM CST
Don't they have a right to bear arms?
Feb 19, 2013 10:23 AM CST
when the Soviet Union broke up 20 years ago, Belarus got its share of MIG fighters and ground to air missiles, don't think I would have the guts to fly into their airspace without permission
Feb 19, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Belarus has only a dozen political prisoners? Amateurs! The USA has a whole prison full of them, down in Gitmo! The politicians talked about bringing them into the USA to stand trial, but then someone reminded them that the USA is supposed to be "the land of the free," so they left 'em to rot down in Cuba...