The prosecutor's office of Minsk sent the case of a 21-year-old Russian to the court about calls for the seizure of power accused of calling for the seizure of power in Belarus. A Russian citizen is charged with inciting social hatred and harming the country's national security, according to the website of the Belarusian prosecutor's office.
According to the Belarusian security officials, 21-year-old Russian D. has committed illegal actions on Telegram. He posted at least 55 voice messages calling for the seizure of state power in Belarus. In addition, the young man “incited social discord and enmity on a professional basis” and “formed a negative image of representatives of the authorities.”
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The Minsk Prosecutor's Office qualifies the actions of a Russian citizen under two clauses of the Criminal Code of Belarus – part 3 of Article 361 “Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic Belarus ”and part 3 of article 130“ Incitement of racial, national, religious or other social hostility or discord ”. The maximum term for these charges together reaches 19 years in prison.
Russian citizen D. is now in custody in Belarus. There is no information about D.'s personality; human rights activists from Belarus did not report similar cases. The reaction of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the accusations of a Russian citizen of harming the national security of Belarus is also unknown.
On May 5, Belarusian security forces detained 20-year-old Russian citizen Yegor Dudnikov. He was taken to the State Security Committee of Belarus, searched in a rented apartment and charged with organizing the riots.