Accused of 13 crimes: “special production” started in Belarus against the founder of NEXTA

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 Accused of 13 crimes: “special proceedings” against the founder of NEXTA have begun in Belarus

In Belarus, Stepan Putilo was first put on the international wanted list, and now he has been charged in absentia under 10 articles of the Criminal Code.

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The creator of the Belarusian news resource Nexta, Stepan Putilo, is accused of 13 criminal offenses at once. Information about this appeared on the website of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus.

On Thursday, December 8, the Sledkom began proceedings in absentia in the case of the leaders of the Nexta organization. The blogger and the journalist are charged with:

  • deliberate actions aimed at inciting racial, national, religious or other social hatred, which were committed by a group of persons or negligently resulted in the death of a person;
  • < li>fraud;

  • organization of riots;
  • training or other training of persons to participate in riots;
  • organizing group actions that grossly violate public order;
  • teaching or otherwise training individuals to participate in group activities that grossly violate public order;
  • conspiracy;
  • public calls for the seizure of state power through the media or the Internet ;
  • creation of an extremist formation;
  • financing of extremist activities;
  • repeated slander against Alexander Lukashenko;
  • repeated insult to the President of Belarus;< /li>
  • discrediting Belarus.

In addition to Putilo, a criminal case was also initiated against one representative of the organization, Yan Rudik.

The Investigative Committee of Belarus clarified that the corresponding decision was agreed upon by the Prosecutor General of the Republic.

Nexta commented on the criminal proceedings against Putilo and Rudik

In turn, the Nexta Telegram channel reported that “not being able to deal with opponents who left the country with the help of violence, they (the country’s law enforcement agencies — ed.) had to be creative: concoct fake criminal cases and carry out the same fake trials in absentia”.

Representatives of the news resource consider the criminal cases opened against Putilo and Rudik falsified.

Note that Nexta is officially recognized as an extremist organization in Belarus.

“In the course of studying the information posted in the indicated Internet resources, the investigation recorded and attached to the materials of the criminal case repeated facts of calls for protests, road blocking, strikes, coordination of unauthorized mass events, indicating specific venues, as well as routes of movement. The results obtained psycholinguistic expertise are attached to the materials of the criminal case and confirm the conclusions of the investigation,” explained their decision in Slddekom of the Republic of Belarus.

In early February 2021, the Belarusian authorities sent documents to Poland for the extradition of Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich, the editor-in-chief of this channel.