Bomb attack in Minsk underground: year on

On April 11, 2011 at 17:56 at Kastrychnitskaya metro station a bomb exploded, killing 15 and injuring 387 people. Soon after the prosecution presented charges against two inhabitants of Vitebsk. The death sentences to them were enforced in March, 2012.

Today official ceremonies in memory of the terroristic act victims are to be held in Minsk. At 17:50 a memorial sign at Kastrychnitskaya underground station is sheduled to be opened.

Youth opposition activists are going to lay flowers to the place of the tragedy from 19:00 to 20:00.

The guilt of Kanavalau and Kavaliou was announced by the Belarusian authorities immediately after their arrest. Soon Dzmitry Kanavalau became a suspect in two other attacks in 2005 in Vitsebsk and 2008 in Minsk though after the latter President Lukashenka claimed that the perpetrator had been arrested.

The death verdict to Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou delivered by the Supreme Court of Belarus on November, 30, 2011 triggered a mixed reaction in society and drew attention to the death penalty issue once again. Dzmitry Kanavalau sentenced to death for organization of the terroristic act in Minsk underground on April, 11, 2011 admitted legality of the judgement and refused to lodge a petition for pardon. As for Uladzislau Kavaliou, he denied his participation in organizing three explosions and stated that in the course of investigation he had incriminated himself and Kanavalau acting under pressure of law enforcement officials.

Today at 21:25 Belsat TV premieres «Fear in the Land of Peace», documentary questioning the official theory about the April 11, 2011 attack in the Minsk subway system. The film presents the facts previously unknown, independent experts’ evaluations, stories about the belarusian prosecution system. Its authors study the most controversial moments of the case of the alleged terrorists which were ignored in court.


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