Russia insists on the innocence of its citizens detained in Minsk region in the case of terrorism and violence. This is stated in the statement of the Russian Ambassador Dmitry Mezentsev. According to him, the Russians, whom the Belarusian Investigative Committee calls the members of the private military company “Wagner”, appeared in the Republic in transit on the way to Istanbul, but missed the flight.
The Kremlin has categorically rejected speculation about attempts by Russian organizations to influence the Belarusian elections.
Of course, this is nothing but innuendo. Russia and Belarus — is the Federal government, it’s allies, close partners, so, of course, this may not be considered. But clearly, the incident with the detention of Russians subject to clarification.
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Earlier, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated about the “motives” of those who brought the Russians into the Republic. According to investigators, the detainees intended to destabilize the situation in the country. Political commentator Alexander Klaskouski stresses the importance of this case for the election campaign:
“The authorities are using this story to say, “tighten the screws” before the election and election campaign under tighter control of the security forces, to intimidate the population, to bring down the scale of the protests. Already starting to hear statements that, maybe even for security purposes, disable Internet on election day”.
According to official data, in the Minsk region detained more than 30 Russians. Against them criminal case under article about the preparation of terrorist acts. The investigation links the trial of criminal cases against oppositionists Sergei Tikhanovski and Mikalai Statkevich appeals to violence and the preparation of mass disorders.