Peaceful protests against the current head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, will continue in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on the 25th. Several protesters were also detained on Wednesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Russia would respond strongly to attempts to sever its close ties with Belarus.
- However, the journalists’ hearing did not take place on Wednesday.
- Students are sentenced from 5-15 days.
- Various peaceful protests continue in Minsk.
- IT company “PandaDoc” has been raided.
- The Belarusian Foreign Minister calls on the West not to interfere in state affairs.
- Russia’s foreign minister promises a response to attempts to secede Belarus from Russia.
Lavrov: Moscow will respond firmly to attempts to secede Belarus from RussiaUldis Ķezberis00:00 / 03:12
On Wednesday in the October district of Minsk had to appear before a court six journalists who were detained last night in the center of the capital when they reported on a student protest march from there. Reporters are accused of participating in an unauthorized rally, which is punishable by a fine or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.
However, the hearing did not take place. The representatives of the court stated that it was necessary to eliminate the shortcomings in the submitted case.
This means that the accused journalists will remain in detention, where the militia may keep them for up to 72 hours, writes the portal “Tut.by”
In turn, several students detained yesterday have been sentenced by the court to administrative detention for five to 15 days today, the human rights center “Vyasna” reports.
Meanwhile, various peaceful protests continued elsewhere in Minsk.
Hundreds of students protested at Tuesday’s student arrests at Minsk State University of Linguistics. Media reports that militiamen have arrived at the university and detained several protesters.
Dozens of women gathered at the monument dedicated to the fighters against the Nazi regime during the Second World War. They had posters with “No to genocide” and “Love is stronger than fear.” Later, they headed for the city center.
Authorities on Wednesday raided the PandaDoc office in Minsk and several executives. It is not known why the law enforcement officers came to the company. It is possible that this is the government’s response to the financial support offered by the company’s founder Nikita Mikado to employees of state security structures who will leave their jobs in law enforcement agencies.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
After the conversation, Makey accused Western efforts to interfere in Belarus’ internal affairs:
“Now our partners are calling us to some kind of peaceful revolution, a silent revolution. But in fact, any revolution, in my opinion, always leads to bloodshed. That is why we are firmly opposed to any revolutionary upheaval, especially those organized outside the streets of our cities.
We believe that only peaceful and evolutionary progress will ensure peace and stability in the country, government and society, “said McKay.
Lavrov, for his part, confirmed that Russia would not calmly look at foreign efforts to divide the two allies.
“We will respond with dignity and firmness to attempts to shake up the situation in Belarus, to break Belarus away from Russia and to undermine the foundations of the Union. We will not allow any interference in the internal affairs of this country, “Lavrov said.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will pay a visit to Minsk on Thursday.
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