Swedish Telia Invests in Belarus

The Swedish telecompany Telia has through an affiliated company Turcell bought the Belarusian company BeST. 

For Swedish liberals this means that Telia, which is partly owned by the Swedish state, is indirectly aiding the Belarusian government to tap and jam the phones of the opposition. 

However, Telia will not take responsibility for the possible human rights violations that they will contribute to. On May 11 in Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish), communication director Cecilia Edstrom claims that since Telia is not in majority in the Turcell board they will take no responsibility for the buy-up.

Edstrom also defends Turcell saying that it is a transparent company that is accepted to the point of being listed on the stock exchange market in New York.

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