Minsk: Defendant in White Legion case transferred to remand prison from KGB jail

Miraslau Lazouski has been transferred to from remand prison Nr 1 from the KGB jail, activist Nina Shydlouskaya says on Facebook.

On March 21, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka stated that ‘armed militants trained in Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania’ were arrested. According to the Belarusian leader, it is them who planned ‘provocations’ during protest rallies.

On the same day, Miraslau Lazouski, a former leader of the defunct patriotic organization ‘White Legion’ was severely beaten and arrested by plainclothes policemen in Minsk. The police searched the flat, seized sports equipment and even souvenir knives. The Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) opened a criminal case over allegedly training people for participating in mass riots.

It is noteworthy that unknown people had used the cover of White Legion and posted calls for radical actions during protest rallies before the arrest. They created a Facebook account for Miraslau Lazouski and spread false information. The man knew about the fake profile and denied his involvement in any radical activities.

Years ago, Lazouski was one of the leaders of the Belarusian patriotic organization ‘White Legion’ which participated in street protests of the 1990s. In the 2000s, the organization folded its activities. At the moment of being arrested, Lazouski was the assistant director of Knigazbor publishing house.

On February 8, Miraslau Lazouski was a guest at one of Belsat TV shows. He told that if Belarus was attacked he and his associates would fulfil Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s order to defend the country.

“We will not have to fight for Lukashenka, but for Belarus. It is likely the interests of Lukashenka and Belarus will be the same at some stage,” he said.


About 30 persons – former members of the 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’ posing a threat to Belarus.

Two pre-trial prisons of Minsk, the KGB prison and the Interior Ministry’s jail, continue to hold 14 people. According to unconfirmed information, they may be tortured and drugged.

On June 7, Belarusian human rights organizations published a joint statement calling for immediate release of all persons arrested in the ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison.


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