Aleh Belakoneu, a former head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus, ventured upon a controversial statement during Friday’s farewell ceremony for the killed KGB officer Dzmitry Fedasyuk. It was published by the Telegram channel Sputnik Belarus.
According to Major General Belakoneu, it would be good if the authorities could execute up to 100 persons (i.e. protesters or dissidents) in retaliation for one dead KGB officer.
“In what families were these people raised? I think we deal too gently with them and the suchlike. For some reason they do not act in a lawful manner, and we try to do everything within the scope of the law; [we try] to talk to them within the limits of the law, to persuade them within the limits of the law, to reason them within the limits of the law. One should follow Putin’s words and ‘waste them in the sh*thouse’ – 20, 100 persons for one our guy as a lesson to everyone else… So that no one was offended. It may be rude, but honest,” the top military official said.
As reported earlier, on the back of the recent tragic incident in Minsk, KGB officers started detaining people under Articles 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred’) and 369 (‘insulting a government official). Over 80 persons are known to have been held and taken to detention centres in Minsk, Mahiliou, Vitsebsk, Homiel and other cities and towns.
In accordance with the authorities’ version, Belarusian security officers were conducting a ‘special inspection of the apartments in which people involved in terrorist activities could have been’ on September 28 ; in the course of Tuesday’s KGB raid, two persons were killed on Yakubouski Street in Minsk – KGB officer Dzmitry Fedasyuk and EPAM employee Andrey Zeltsar. The latter resided in the flat to which plainclothed people broke into on that day. If the Investigative Committee’s statement is anything to go by, Zeltsar fired a shotgun at the visitors and injuted one of them; later, the injured died of wounds in hospital. The owner of the apartment was killed as well; his 40-year-old wife Maryia Uspenskaya was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the murder of a KGB officer.