Two Belarus generals have been sacked after two Swedish people, Tomas Mazetti and Hannah Frey, piloted a light plane into the country’s heavily guarded airspace, and dropped 879 teddy bears “bearing” slogans supporting human rights across the country.

(The Swedish pair carried out the stunt in support of Belarusian activists, who have at times arranged plush toys in such a way that they appeared to be protesting the regime, said to be the last dictatorship in Europe (Lukashenko has run Belarus, since 1994).  Oh, and don’t worry – no teddy bears were hurt as they were all decked out in parachutes.  Super Ted would be proud of them – Teddy Power!)

Unfortunately it’s not all fun – authorities in Belarus have arrested a journalism student who posted teddy bear photos on his personal website and a real estate agent who offered an apartment to the Swedes. The two men stand accused of assisting border violators and face up to seven years in prison if convicted.  

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. Andre Gide