Vitsebsk bomber’s case sent to trial

An ultimate charge over exploding near the KGB building in Vitsebsk has been filed against a previously convicted woman. According to the Investigative Committee, she admitted her guilt at the stage of preliminary investigation.

The investigators do not reveal the name of the accused person. It is known that the 42-year Vitsebsk-born woman worked for one of the city enterprises. While searching her house they found perss cuttings and notes on making explosives, about 100 fireworks, saltpeter and a pneumatic gun. All these things along with the evidentiary material from the scene suggested her implication in the explosion in November, 2012.

During the process of investigation the woman “gave all the specifics about her making explosive device and described her actions while verifying the evidence materials on the scene”, news agency BelTA reports.


On the evening of November 11, 2012 an improvised explosive device blew up near the KGB building in Vitsebsk. As a consequence of this, two windows were damaged but there were no injuries. A criminal case was initiated under Article 339 of the Belarusian Criminal Code (malicious hooliganism), and now the accused woman is facing up to 10 years of imprisonment.

Firstly three persons were detained on the basis of testimonial evidence. Shortly before the detention one of them had allegedly phoned the KGB department and untowardly criticised the authorities. But later the supposed criminal was released after being screened.

Vitsebsk is notorious for incidents of such kind. In 2005 the blast resulted in fifty persons injured. Later it was Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou who were found guilty of it.



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