Belarusian MIA launches operation ‘Arsenal’

On October 4-8, the police will check the conditions of weapons possession by those who own them legally, as well as identify “owners of illegal arsenals.”

The Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that the operation “Arsenal” aims to combat the illegal trafficking of weapons and explosives. The sweeping confiscation of weapons is not on the agenda. The operation was announced back on September 23, before the shootout in Minsk.

According to the MIA press service, during the eight months of 2021, the police found over 500 unregistered weapons and almost 35 thousand ammunition of various calibers. Belarusians voluntarily surrendered about 300 illegal guns and about 11.8 thousand rounds of ammunition. The police also seized more than 1,300 registered weapons for violations.

On September 27, in Vaukavysk, police detained Andrei Kolas, a historian and a host of the “Mova Nanova” course. According to the man’s friends, the law enforcers came to him to check the storage conditions of hunting weapons and detained him. The man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for reasons unknown.

On the morning of September 30, the law enforcers came to entrepreneur Alyaksandr Statkevich in Barysau. They asked about hunting weapons, which the man didn’t have. After the search, Statkevich was detained.