Will Belarus join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes?

Will Belarus join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes?

Ludmila cannot hold back tears. On the grave of her daughter she brings roses as usual. Now, after a while, she recalls moments of the investigation. Again and again. Somewhere she still hopes that this story did not happen to her Yulia.

Lyudmila Solomatina:
When I was already summoned to the Investigative Committee and said that the remains of Yulia had been found, it was necessary to somehow stay conscious. I must have learned the whole truth, how it all happened. Therefore I held out.

Every Belarusian knows that horrific story. Half a year of investigation, 10 volumes of criminal case and a few weeks of court hearings in which people lost consciousness.

A friend of the 18-year-old girl, Yulia Solomatina, killed, dismembered, and then burned the girl's and her mother's corpse. Pavel Tsinyavsky was sentenced to 17 years in prison. It has been two years since the murder.

Victoria Korban, Head of the Genetic Testing Office of the Main Directorate of Forensic Examination:
We received tiny burned fragments to study them. It was possible to clearly prove that the remains belonged to the murdered girl. And after a while, the suspect was arrested, and even began to confess.

And this is a place where, strictly speaking, there are held examinations that decide people's fate.

Sergey Borovko, head of the forensic-biological examinations office of the Main Directorate of Forensic Examination:
Bone remains get to our laboratory in different situations. It is either when they are found somewhere in the forest (a man went there and got lost), or during criminal investigations such as murders. Sometimes criminals remove hands so that the person cannot be identified. However, in approximately 95% of cases we are able to get the result.

Foreign colleagues have got interested in the work of Belarusian forensic experts. This week Belarus was visited by the chief criminologist of Europe. Jan de Kinder, who resembled a typical detective in his hat. He is head of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). It brings together 34 countries. Now Belarus may join this association.

Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV correspondent:
How can we communicate better? I mean, is it possible today to imagine a situation when, for example, a murderer who commits a crime in Belarus can be found based on his hair or skin particles that he had earlier left in Belgium?

Jan De Kinder, ENFSI chairman, Director General of the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (Belgium):
To do this, we must have mutual trust in the actions of both our and your experts. You know very well how to deal with specific methods of committing crimes. For example, arson, which is often committed to cover up the murder. The number of similar crimes in Belgium is growing.

One of the areas in which Belarus is ready to share experience with foreigners is drug testing. In 2015, forensic scientists established control over 22 new types of drugs. And it was established even before these drugs crossed the Belarusian border. This is thanks to the Belarusian legislation in this area.

Alexander Nevero, deputy head of the physics, chemical, explosion and technical testing office of the State Legal Expertise Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
It really is unique and has no analogues in the world. For example, the procedure of banning a drug usually takes more than one day since the identification of the substance. In other countries, a similar procedure typically takes from a few months to several years.

Genetic examinations began in Belarus only in the early 1990s.

Victoria Korban, Head of the Genetic Testing Office of the Main Directorate of Forensic Examination:
When we started work in the early 90s, for example, to get DNA we needed almost 10ml of liquid blood. Today we are able to get DNA from a single fingerprint. This is not fantasy anymore.