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Leaders of independent trade union in Belarus face criminal case for tax evasion

Criminal proceedings against the leaders of an independent trade union in Belarus were initiated by the Department of Financial Investigation of the State Control Committee. Investigators say that it is not a member of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus.

It is reported that the chairman and chief financier evaded taxes. They opened accounts in Europe. They transferred large sums of money there, and then withdrew 10,000 euros and transported them to Belarus. Money was given to individuals. In addition, the suspects forgot or did not want to get permission from the National Bank to open accounts abroad.

Alexander Cherezov, Deputy Head of the Department of Financial Investigation of the State Control Committee's branch in Minsk region and Minsk:
It was established that this trade union committee had an account outside the Republic of Belarus to which funds in foreign currency were transferred. That is, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. This money is not reflected in tax reports. Based on this fact a criminal case was initiated for tax evasion. Investigative measures now continue.

It is possible that the suspects used trade-union fees for their purposes - now experts are conducting an investigation. According to the State Control, these people revealed themselves because their foreign accounts were registered with their own legal address. However, the union itself continues to work until details of the illegal scheme become known.

Leaders of independent trade union in Belarus face criminal case for tax evasion