The detention of “Russian militants” near Minsk linked Tikhanovski

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In Belarus, opened a new criminal case against the failed presidential candidate Sergei Tikhanovski, the former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich and “Russian militants” out of the private military campaign (PMC) Wagner. It is reported BelTA.

Police have linked the arrival of PMCs activities Tikhanovski. All defendants accused of preparing to organize mass riots. Now the issue of the use of remand in custody, investigative actions proceed.

July 29, Belarus has detained 33 people who were thought to be mercenaries from PMCs Wagner. According to Belarusian authorities, they came to destabilize the situation before the presidential elections that will be held on August 9. Criminal case about preparation of a terrorist attack.

Tikhanovski detained on 29 may in Grenoble on suspicion in application of violence concerning police officers. Witnesses called the incident a provocation. In the office and in the country at blogger were searched, during which were found 900 thousand dollars. Against Tikhanovski opened a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal code of Belarus (“Organization of group actions violating public order”). Human rights defenders declared him a political prisoner.

In July against Tikhanovski opened the proceedings also under article 191 of the criminal code (“Obstructing the exercise of electoral rights”) at the request of the Chairman of the Central election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina. The occasion was a statement by the blogger that he plans to hold a picket outside her house and go to her “visit”.

Mikalai Statkevich, the leader of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada”. In 2011, he received six years in prison for organizing mass riots after the presidential elections of 2010.

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