In a sanatorium near Minsk were detained militants of the Russian private military company “Wagner”, according to Belarusian state news Agency BelTA.
Citing data from the law enforcement Agency writes that Belarus was supposed to arrive “more than 200 militants to destabilize the situation during the election campaign.”
“Upon arrival in the capital on the night of 25 July, a group settled in one of the hotels of Minsk and had to move out July 25, however, left the hotel on July 27 and moved to one of the resorts of Minsk district. According to the administration of the sanatorium, the visitors drew the attention of uncharacteristic for Russian tourists behavior and monotonous clothing in military style. Did not use alcohol, places of entertainment did not attend, he held himself aloof, trying not to attract attention,” notes “BelTA”.
The Russians were detained in the night of July 29, employees of the group “And” Committee of state security of Belarus and the riot police of the interior Ministry.
Another member of the group were detained in the South of Belarus.
Investigative Committee began checking the detainees.
Presidential elections in Belarus should be held on 9 August. The CEC of the country has registered five candidates. Apart from incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, for the presidency expect the co-Chairman of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka, the leader of the party “Belarusian social-democratic Gramada” Sergey Caraceni and wife arrested blogger Sergei Tikhanovski Svetlana.
Two rivals of Lukashenka to participate in the elections was not allowed. In particular, the Central electoral Commission rejected more than half of the signatures in support of nomination of ex-diplomat Valery Tsepkalo and refused to register ex-banker Victor Babariko, which is considered the main competitor of the incumbent.
Now Babariko is in custody. Belarusian law enforcers accused him of financial crimes. The Belarusian KGB claimed that the activities of Babariko involved “puppeteers” from among the “big bosses “Gazprom”.
Tsepkalo last week went to Russiafor fear of arrest.
24 Jul Lukashenko, addressing the military, said about the possible participation of foreign PMCs to the “Maidan” in Belarus.