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Staff correspondents of the Current Time (Nastoyashcheye Vremya) TV channel Irina Romaliyskaya, Yury Baranyuk and Ivan Grebenyuk have reportedly been detained in Minsk Hotel in the capital of Belarus.

They are currently en route to the Minsk-based Moskovsky police department, Current Time TV reported.

It is now unknown why they were detained.

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Romaliyskaya and Grebenyuk are citizens of Ukraine, Baranyuk is a citizen of Russia.

Their phones were turned off. Roman Vasyukovich, Current Time TV's Belarus-based correspondent, does not respond to phone calls too.

"Current Time TV has been covering the [presidential] elections in Belarus for several weeks already, and yesterday it had a four-hour special broadcast featuring presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's disrupted rally. It has been viewed more than half a million times on social media alone," the publication said.

Current Time TV is a Russian-language television channel whose editorial office is based in Prague, it was created by the media corporations Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty with participation of Voice of America. The channel – via RFE/RL – is funded through grants from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

Romaliyskaya is the host of the Vecher ("Evening") program, Current Time TV's top news show.

Grebenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist, senior writer who is currently working for Current Time TV in Prague.

Baranyuk is Current Time TV's own correspondent in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There is no official information about their detention yet.