Belarus KGB hands ‘patriots case’ to Investigative Committee

The Belarusian Committee for State Security has closed the case over preparing mass riots in Belarus.

At the same time, the probe into the case over establishing an illegal armed group is still in progress. The Belarusian Investigative Committee will be in charge of it.

“The Investigative Committee continues proceedings to establish all the circumstances of the illegal activities of the persons involved in the case,” the agency says.


A wave of arrests on charges of establishing an illegal armed formation began after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s statement about ‘West-sponsored militants’ preparing a bloody provocation to ‘undermine the stability in Belarus’. In their news stories state-run TV channels showed police footage of the search of an apartment, Interestingly, journalists called  the findings – airsoft replicas and training grenades – ‘assault weapons’.

About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants.

Simultaneously, a criminal case was opened over the so-called preparation of mass riots in Minsk on March 25, the unofficial Freedom Day.

14 defendants in the case are still behind bars.

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