‘She expressed her political views’: Activist to be tried for criticizing Belarus army


Alena Lutskovich, an activist of the United Civic Party of Belarus, will stand trial for participation in an unauthorized mass event (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code).

The protocol was drawn upon her by Dzmitry Krumholts, an officer of Aktsyabrski district police department (Homiel region).

“Alena Lutskovich was holding a banner bearing the inscription ‘The Belarusian Army Is A Serial Killer’, with the help of which she expressed her political views,” the protocol reads.

Alena Lutskovich may face a fine of BYN 690 or up to 15 days in prison. The date of the trial is still unknown.

As reported earlier, March of Outraged Belarusians 2.0 took place in Minsk on October, 21. About 200 persons showed up at the protest rally organized by opposition politician Mikalai Statkevich.

Alena Lutskovich is very concerned about hazing in the Belarusian army, During the protest, the woman told Belsat that she would try to prevent her son from serving if there was not a change for the better.

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense has recently faced a massive public outrage after the tragic deat of conscript Alyaksandr Korzhych. By mid October, over 10,000 persons had signed the online petition demanding the resignation of Defense Minister Andrey Raukou. However, the petition was blocked after the ministry’s complaints.

The 21-year-old soldier was found hanged in the basement in the territory of a military unit in Pechy, his legs were tied up. According to the family and friends, senior conscripts bullied, battered and tortured the young man to squeeze money out of him. As a result, they allegedly killed him and then faked his suicide.

The Investigative Committee opened criminal cases under Article 443 (hazing), 455 (failure of authorities to act, resulting in grave consequences), 209 (fraud) of the Criminal Code of Belarus.

ІІ, belsat.eu

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