Victor Babakoto: Natalia Fedosenko / TASS
The U.S. state Department stood up for the rights of the main rival of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the upcoming elections Victor Babariko, who was arrested and placed in detention. The words of the representative of the foreign Ministry leads TASS.
The us administration is concerned by the detention of Babariko. In this regard, the United States point to the need for respect for human rights in Belarus.
In particular, we are talking about rules that guarantee free and fair elections, including equal conditions for all candidates, starting with their registration process. It is emphasized that compliance with these rules is a necessary condition for the development of relations between Washington and Minsk.
Babariko detained June 18, he is in jail. He is suspected of influence on witnesses and concealment of evidence relating to past crimes. According to the investigation, from the account of BGB, who previously headed politician in the Latvian ABLV for several years was illegally withdrawn more than 430 million U.S. dollars. Only in the case of detained more than 20 people. The state control Committee said that the activities of the defendants in the case were controlled by the “puppeteers from “Gazprom””. 19 June in the cities of Belarus began protests against detention of opposition leaders.
On 11 June the President of the United States Donald trump has signed the decree about prolongation for a year of sanctions against officials of Belarus, including Lukashenko. According to Washington, they “undermine democratic processes and institutions”. In the country, as claimed by the White house, has violated the rights of people subjected to political repression, restrain, after which many disappear. Belarus is accused of corruption and misuse of state property.
In Belarus on 9 August presidential election. Lukashenko intends to run for a sixth term.
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