Lukashenka rewards hundreds of police officers after police brutality angers people

In Akrestsina, people are trying to find out where their detained relatives and friends are. Minsk, Belarus. August 12, 2020. Photo:

The National Legal Internet Portal has published a decree of Alyaksandr Lukashenka on awarding representatives of the Interior Ministry.

The Decree #305 of August 13 was published on August 18 at It provides for rewarding policemen “for exemplary performance of official duties”.

The list contains more than 650 names. You can find it here.

Since the start of mass protests on August 9th, more than 6,700 people have been detained all over the country. Many are still missing.

Detentions near the Yubileinaya hotel. Minsk, Belarus. August 10, 2020. Photo: Alisa Hanchar/

The Minister of Health of Belarus Uladzimir Karanik said that two people died in Belarus during the post-election campaign, while more than 150 people were injured. The first person, who died during the protests, was a citizen of Minsk, Alyaksandr Taraikouski who was buried on August 15th. Alyaksandr Vikhor was also killed, but the death certificate, received by his relatives, says that the cause of death is yet unknown.