Against two citizens of Ukraine, volunteers of charitable organization “East SOS” Konstantin Reutski and Yevgenia Vasilyeva, who were detained in Minsk, Belarusian law enforcers have opened a criminal case. On 13 August, told to radio Svaboda in the Telegram with reference to the words of the Belarusian human rights activist Tatyana Revoke.
According to her, in respect of detained on 12 August in Minsk Reutski and Vasilyeva opened a criminal case on participation in mass riots in Minsk on 10-12 August.
“They could not participate and did not participate in any riots. They came to Belarus from the human rights organization “Vostok SOS” within the framework of the mission with the Belarusian colleagues, who have a lot of work in connection with numerous arrests during the protests,” said reveka.
“Radio liberty” said that the Ukrainians are in one of the detention centers.
The human rights center “Viasna” reportedthat in Minsk Reucci and Vasiliev stopped at Rawaki. Around 23.00 on August 12 came to her house with a search warrant, it lasted about an hour. Police seized computers Ruzkogo and Rawaki and passport Vasiliev.
Embassy of Ukraine in Belarus knows about the detention of Ukrainians. Diplomats reported that establish the place and conditions of detention.
From the 4th to the 8th of August took place in Belarus early voting for presidential elections and the August 9th primary. For President ran five candidates. According to preliminary data of the CEC, the most votes scored by the acting President Alexander Lukashenko (80,2%), second place went to opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski of 9.9%. The other candidates received less than 2%. The CEC plans to announce final election results on August 14.
Elections were held in Belarus without independent international observers. After the polls closed on 9 August in several cities the protests began. They continued the 10th, 11th and 12th August. Protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the election. They gather in the evening to protest, and at night differ. To disperse the protesters, security forces used lethal weapons, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.
The shares are accompanied by clashes between protesters and police. The interior Ministry of Belarus said that during the protests on August 9 was arrested 3 thousand people, August 10 – 2 thousand., August 11 – more than 1 thousand. Were charged with riots, disorderly conduct and resisting police.
During the protests in Vitebsk, according to the Ukrainian foreign Ministry, were detained nine citizens of Ukraine in connection with “administrative violations”, they are already released.
According to official data, during clashes injured several hundred people, aware of two dead. The first man died on August 10 in Minsk. The press-Secretary of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus Olga Chemodanova reported that in the hand of the demonstrator detonated the explosive device. But eyewitnesses told the TV channel “Belsat”that the man died as a result of hit stun grenades. On the death of the second man became known on August 12. On 9 August he was detained in Homel. According to relatives, he became ill in a closed paddy wagon, which was heading to jail.
Foreign States and international organizations called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence. Such statements, in particular, made USA, EU, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and others. In the US and the EU stated that the elections in Belarus were not free and democratic. According to media reports, in late August, the EU will consider sanctions against Belarus.