Belarusian MPs support criminalizing calls for sanctions

House of Representatives. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters / Forum

At the opening of the sixth session of the House of Representatives, MPs adopted the first reading of the bill “On Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.”

The document seeks to amend Article 361 of the Criminal Code, introducing criminal responsibility for calls for sanctions against government officials, BelTA informs.

The bill proposes to punish such appeals under Part 1 Article 361 of the Criminal Code by freedom restriction of up to five years or imprisonment of up to six years, under Part 2 — imprisonment of three to ten years, under Part 3 — imprisonment of four to 12 years.

The document to the House of Representatives was presented on September 27th by Deputy Aleh Belakoneu on behalf of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Aleh Belaoneu was born in 1965 in Primorsky Krai of Russia. He came to Belarus at a mature age after graduating from the Omsk Military School. In 2014, he was appointed Chief of the General Staff – First Deputy Minister of Defense. Since 2019, he has been a member of the House of Representatives.

During the farewell ceremony for KGB officer Dzmitry Fedasyuk, Major General Aleh Belakoneu said that 20 or even 100 people should be executed in response.