In Belarus said that over the likely presidential candidate Babariko are “puppeteers” of “Gazprom”. In the Kremlin expect explanations

The Chairman of the state control Committee of Belarus Ivan Tertel said on 18 June that the illegal activity of the oppositional politician, former Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko involved “puppeteers” from among the “big bosses “Gazprom”, reported BelTA.

Babariko for 20 years he directed the “the BGB”, whose shareholders are the Russian “Gazprombank” and “Gazprom”. He left this position in may 2020, when he decided to run for the presidency. On 18 June Babariko and his son Edward was detained.

According to investigators, Babariko was the organizer of the illegal actions of the Bank, tried to influence witnesses, to hide the traces of crimes. General Prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case under part 2 and part 3 of article 285 of the Criminal code of Belarus (creation of a criminal organization or participation in it), said to radio Svaboda. Victor and Edward Babariko are in the KGB jail.

“It appears that Babariko trying to play in the nobility. We, in turn, know that the puppeteers behind his activities, afraid that our actions will generate data and evidence of their involvement in this illegal activity. Such persons are, we know the big bosses in “Gazprom”, and may be higher,” said Tertel.

According to him, in an organized group, which was engaged in illegal activity (in particular, fraud involving promissory notes and money laundering) was composed of former and current employees of “Belgazprombank”. In this case detained about 20 people, including Babariko.

Tertel claims that detention is not connected with the election campaign in Belarus.

“These events are not connected. The state control Committee acts in strict accordance with the law”, – assured the head of Department.

Центральный офис "Белгазпромбанка" в Минске. Фото: EPAThe Central office of Belgazprombank, Minsk. Photo: EPA

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