KGB summon Swedish ad team after teddy bear stunt

A Swedish ad team says it has been summoned by Belarus’ top security agency - the KGB – for violating the country’s air space when they dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying messages promoting human rights onto the ex-Soviet state’s territory.

Last month’s stunt infuriated Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who fired two generals over it.

Thomas Mazetti, co-founder of Studio Total, which organised the July 4 toy drop, says he received the emailed summons today.

It demands that he and two colleagues appear before the KGB within 10 days, threatening them with “fines or two years of correctional work” if they do not show up.

The team has not decided if it will go.

Lukashenko has ruled Belarus since 1994, repressing the opposition and media. His government recently demanded Sweden close its embassy in Minsk.

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