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18.12.2017

Ivan Noskevich, Chairman of the Belarus Investigative Committee
Crime rate in Belarus down 7.5% in 2017 Crime in Belarus in 2017 is declining, while digital technologies are becoming increasingly important. The President received a report from the Chairman of the Belarus Investigative Committee on December 18. Alexander Lukashenko inquired about the work of the investigative bodies after the reform, the current state of affairs, staff optimization and the results of the investigation in the criminal cases that were in public spotlight. Since early 2017, more than 70% of all crimes have been solved in Belarus.

06.12.2017

Gdynia shooter to remain at liberty, court says
Gdynia shooter to remain at liberty, court says Belarusian Stepan Svidersky, who is accused of attempted murder after shooting in the office of Thomson Reuters, will remain at large, Radio Gdansk reports. The District Court of Gdansk has rejected the complaint of the prosecutor's office against the decision of the lower court and left Sidersky's preventive measure unchanged.

05.12.2017

Court leaves Gdynia shooter from Belarus out of prison
Court leaves Gdynia shooter from Belarus out of prison The district court has left the pre-trial measures unchanged for the Belarusian who shot in Gdynia’s Thompson Reuters office. The court made a decision to decline the request of the Prosecution Office to detain Stepan Svidersky. What is more, the judge commented that there is no reason for arresting the Belarusian due to the fact that the initiator of the incident was the complainant, who took the gun without asking and did not give it back.

30.11.2017

Belarus closes White Legion case
Belarus closes White Legion case November 30, the chairman of the Belarus Investigative Committee, Ivan Noskevich, said that the preliminary investigation into the White Legion case has been completed.

29.11.2017

Mother from Belarus finds kidnapped kid 4 years later in Crimea
Mother from Belarus finds kidnapped kid 4 years later November 27 in the Crimean city of Kerch, a man called the police because a woman allegedly wanted to take his son. Everything turned out exactly the opposite: after 4 years, the mother found the kidnapped child. Information about the search for the 10-year-old Roman Smolev is still on the Interpol website, but he is already going home. Upon the fact of the unknown disappearance of Roma Smolev, a criminal case was opened. He was put on the international wanted list. But the results did not come.

27.11.2017

Official accusation presented to Ukrainian journalist Sharoiko
Official accusation presented to Ukrainian journalist Sharoiko The detained Ukrainian journalist in Belarus has been presented official accusation under the article 358 of the Criminal Code (spying). SEE: Ukrainian journalist accused of spying against Belarus
Belarusian explains why he shot in Gdynia
Belarusian explains why he shot in Gdynia Belarusian Stepan Svidersky, who shot in Gdynia, was released from custody a week ago. Now he explained why he started shooting. As Stepan Svidersky said, he has been engaged in sports shooting for several years and since the spring of 2017 he has had an official permit for weapons. He took it to work, but in cases or in a holster and never took it out. On that evening, Stepan was going to leave the office where he worked to a store and had weapons in his case.

24.11.2017

The most frequently stolen cars in Minsk
The most frequently stolen cars in Minsk In the 10 months of 2017, 86 car thefts were committed in Minsk, Belarus. VAZ, VW and Toyota are stolen the most often. According to the Department of Internal Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee, the most often stolen cars were: VAZ - 21, VW - 11, Toyota - 10, Ford and BMW - 8, Peugeot - 7, Mercedes, Citroen and Mazda - 6, Renault - 4 , Fiat - 3, GAZ, ZAZ, Audi, Volvo, Honda, Hyundai - 2, Dodge, Opel, Chevrolet, IZH, MAZ, Moskvich, as well as Honda and Suzuki motorcycles - 1 each, and also one Toyota loader.

22.11.2017

Gdynia shooter from Belarus loses job at Reuters
Gdynia shooter loses job, friends raising money for him The club of Gdansk shooters Ardea has announced a campaign to collect money to help the Belarusian Stepan Svidersky. They want to help the Belarusian who lost his job after the shooting incident a week ago. Stepan Svidersky has lived in Poland for more than 10 years. He studied in Poland under the Kalinouski program, then worked in the Gdynia office of the international corporation Thomson Reuters.

21.11.2017

Belarus may cancel conscription for families with only child
Only child should not be conscripted, Belarus President says The death of private Alexander Korzhich as a result of hazing in the Pechi military unit caused lots of discussions in the media and among ordinary Belarusians. The Belarus head of state is personally reported on the progress of the investigation, from three separate sources. The commander-in-chief himself was once an ordinary soldier. The only son of the motherm he defended the Belarusian border. Now the President wants to protect mothers who lost their children in the army.

20.11.2017

Ukrainian journalist accused of spying against Belarus
Ukrainian journalist accused of spying against Belarus Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sharoiko has been charged with espionage in Belarus. The intelligence agent, working under cover, created an intelligence network of Belarusian citizens who collected important military information for him for a fee. During the search, copies of reconnaissance data were found. The journalist managed to send them to Kiev. In addition, on the basis of operational data adviser to the Ukrainian embassy ​​Igor Skvortsov was announced persona non grata.
Frenchman Jolan Viaud acquitted, released from Belarus' prison
Jolan Viaud acquitted, released from Belarus' prison The court in Belarus said Frenchman Jolan Viaud is not guilty of intention to move ammunition (one cartridge) across the border of Belarus. Viaud has been released from the Belarusian prison, where he spent several weeks. The court handed down the decision 'through absence of a criminal act'. It is contrary to what the prosecution asked for: a fine of about $3,450 and a release. SEE: What was Jolan Viaud accused of?
Jolan Viaud in last statement: I am not disappointed in Belarus
Jolan Viaud in last statement: I am not disappointed in Belarus Today in Gomel, the court must pass sentence on French citizen Jolan Viaud, who tried to carry a cartridge through the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. No one doubts that Jolan Viaud will be released today. After all, at the previous session, even the state prosecutor proposed, referring to a special article of the Criminal Code, to assign him a punishment below the stipulated minimum - namely, to fine the Frenchman about $3,450 and release home. Nevertheless, the judge took a break. And the defendant had to spend this weekend in jail.

17.11.2017

Poland releases Gdynia shooter from Belarus
Poland releases Gdynia shooter from Belarus A Belarusian who was detained for shooting at the headquarters of the Thomson Reuters media company in Gdynia, was released from custody, reports Nasze Miasto. The name of the Belarusian was not officially voiced, but according to media reports, this is a native of Grodno Stepan Svidersky, who once left Belarus for Poland to study under the Kalinouski educational program.
Frenchman Viaud may be fined and released from prison in Belarus
Frenchman Viaud may be fined and released from Belarusian prison The prosecutor finds it proved that Frenchman Jolan Viaud had the intention to move ammunition (one cartridge) across the border of the Customs Union and his guilt under articles 295 and 333, note 1 is proved.
Trial over Frenchman Jolan Viaud continues in Belarus. Witnesses invited
Trial over Frenchman Jolan Viaud continues in Belarus. Witnesses invited The trial of the 24-year-old French citizen Jolan Viaud, who was detained at the Belarus border on September 21 with one cartridge, continued on November 17 in Gomel. Viaud is charged in line with part 2 of Art. 295 and part 1 of Art. 333-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (unlawful actions with respect to firearms and ammunition and their movement across the border). During the first day of the trial, on November 15, the Frenchman did not admit his guilt.
Belarusian consul meets with Gdynia shooter
Belarusian consul meets with Gdynia shooter Consul General of Belarus in Gdańsk (Poland) Sergei Mikhnevich met with a Belarusian detained for shooting at the office of Reuters in Gdynia. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said the meeting took place on November 16. According to the Consul, the detainee "did not complain about the conditions of detention". Then the diplomat met with Polish law enforcers who assured him that the Belarusian side will receive all the necessary information on the progress of the preliminary investigation.
Who is the Belarusian who shot in Gdynia?
Who is the Belarusian who shot in Gdynia? On November 15 Polish media reported a strange incident: a shooting occurred in one of the offices of Gdynia, after which a Belarusian was detained. Who is this person? And what really happened? Polish media reported shooting at the Thomson Reuters office in Gdynia. The police detained a 30-year-old Belarusian.
What charges brought against Belarusian who shot in Poland?
What charges brought against Belarusian who shot in Poland? The district prosecutor's office in Gdansk on November 16 brought charges against Belarusian Stepan Svidersky, who was detained on Tuesday after shooting in Gdynia. A representative of the prosecutor's office said that the Belarusian was accused of attempted murder. The maximum penalty for this article is life imprisonment. "Based on the collected evidence, it is known that the man made two shots and one of them was in the direction of the victim," said the representative of the prosecutor's office.

15.11.2017

Belarusian sentenced for Islamic State propaganda
Belarusian sentenced for Islamic State propaganda A 34 year old citizen of Polotsk has been sentenced to 12 years in a prison with strict regime for being a follower of the terrorist organization “Islamic State”. SEE: Extremist threat in Belarus lowest among CIS states
Belarusian may face life sentence for shooting in Poland's Reuters office
Belarusian may face life sentence for shooting in Poland's Reuters office The Belarusian who opened fire at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Gdynia, Poland may face a life sentence in prison. This was announced by the Gdynia district prosecution office. SEE WHAT HAPPENED: Belarusian opens fire in Poland's Reuters office
Eurovision star's father detanied in Belarus
Eurovision star's father detanied in Belarus On Wednesday, Belarusian media reported on the arrest of businessman and father of the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Ksenia Sitnik – Mikhail Sitnik. Damage from the actions of Sitnik's company Imobylinvest amounted to about $450,000, said on Wednesday the State Control Committee of Belarus (SCC). A criminal investigation was opened by the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee.
Belarusian opens fire in Poland's Reuters office
Belarusian opens fire in Poland's Reuters office A 30-year-old man opened fire at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Gdynia. As Radio Gdansk reports citing the employees who wished to remain anonymous, a person entered the office at 9pm Minsk time. He was armed. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Trial over Frenchman Jolan Viaud begins in Belarus
Trial over Frenchman Jolan Viaud begins in Belarus On Wednesday, a trial began over a 24-year-old French citizen, Jolan Viaud, began in Belarus. Jolan is accused of "illegal actions regarding the use of firearms and ammunition and moving them across the border." MORE: Frenchman detained at Belarus' border with bullet in his backpack

04.11.2017

Frenchman facing 3 to 7 years of prison in Belarus for having bullet when crossing border
Frenchman Jolan Viaud facing 3 to 7 years of prison in Belarus Frenchman Jolan Viaud is under investigation for "illegal activities against firearms, ammunition and explosives" in Belarus. His family assures that the 9mm bullet in the center of the case was a gift from a Pole, and pleads the youthful mistake. A Facebook account and a kitty to support the young man were launched.

01.11.2017

5 more charged with death of soldier Korzhich
5 more charged with death of soldier Korzhich Another five people, among whom is one officer, are in a status of suspects in the criminal case of Alexander Korzhich’s death. This was stated by Yulia Goncharova, the official representative of the Investigative Committee, on her Facebook page. “As on November 11, 2017, 10 military men have been charged with death of Alexander Korzhich, another five (among whom is one officer) are in a status of suspects. The four suspects were not detained before; therefore, they were not mentioned”.

31.10.2017

10 accused after soldier's death in Belarusian army
10 charged after soldier's death in Belarusian army Last week, the chairman of the Belarus Investigation Committee, Ivan Noskevich, reported that no injuries were found on the body of the soldier who was killed in the Pechi military unit, except for the furrow from the loop. Today, new details of the case have appeared. Charges were brought against 10 servicemen. The 11th is a suspect.

28.10.2017

Frenchman Jolan Viaud detained in Belarus with bullet in pocket
Frenchman Jolan Viaud detained in Belarus with bullet in pocket For carrying a bullet received as a souvenir, he faces up to seven years in prison. Frenchman Jolan Viaud was detained on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border carrying in his pocket a bullet that he received as a souvenir. He now remains in the Gomel detention center. The trial of the detainee will take place in a few weeks. The young man faces three to seven years in prison for smuggling ammunition, reports French La Depèche.

25.10.2017

Interior Affairs Minister comments on acts of violence in army
Interior Affairs Minister comments on acts of violence in army The order in the army depends not only on the senior officers, but on the junior officers as well. This statement was made by the Minister of Interior Affairs of Belarus on October 25. Whilst answering the journalists’ questions, Igor Shunevich commented on the acts of violence in the army.
Belarus to reinvestigate crimes in Armed Forces over last six years
Belarus to reinvestigate crimes in Armed Forces over last six years Belarus will deeply investigate crimes in its Armed Forces that occurred over last six years and which investigation did not bring any result. These are cases of death and bodily harm. It is possible that some cases will be resumed, and refusals to initiate criminal cases will be canceled.
Investigative Committee reveals preliminary cause of death of private Korzhych
Investigative Committee reveals preliminary cause of death of private Korzhych There were no bodily injuries, other than the characteristic strangulation band on the body of the deceased private Korzhych, who died in September in a military unit near Borisov. Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich told journalists about the first results of investigative examinations. As part of the investigation, 13 criminal cases have been initiated, which are united into one.
Number of intrafamily crimes increasing in Belarus
Number of intrafamily crimes increasing in Belarus The problem of intrafamily violence was discussed during the talk show "What Is Going On?" Host: Do you have approximate understanding of the relevance of the problem of violence against the elderly? And their impotence in a situation where they cannot oppose?

18.10.2017

Ukraine's Olympic champion accuses Belarusian gymnast of rape 26 years ago
Ukraine's Olympic champion accuses Belarusian gymnast of rape 26 years ago Two-time Olympic champion in artistic gymnastics Ukrainian Tatiana Gutsu accused her teammate - six-time Olympic champion Vitaly Shcherbo from Belarus in rape. The 41-year-old athlete wrote on her Facebook page that the incident occurred 26 years ago in Stuttgart. At the time of the rape, Gutsu was 15 years old.

17.10.2017

Expert on criminal liability for doping
Belarusian experts on criminal liability for doping Sergei Samusev, Secretary General of the Belarusian Weightlifting Union, and Denis Muzhzhukhin, director of the National Anti-Doping Agency of Belarus, were the guests of the recent TV program Sports Week on the CTV. They have expressed their opinions on whether criminal liability should be introduced for doping in sport. Do you think that the use of doping should be criminalized? Sergei Samusev, Secretary General of the Belarusian Weightlifting Union:

16.10.2017

Belarusian soldier found dead in Pechi military unit. Investigation underway
Belarusian soldier found dead in Pechi military unit. Investigation underway Now let's talk about a resonant event of this week. The facts connected with the death of private soldier Alexander Korzhich in the military unit near the Pechi village must be studied to the smallest detail. None of the perpetrators will evade responsibility - this is the stiff position of President Lukashenko.

06.10.2017

Missing 10-year-old boy Maksim to be searched internationally
Missing 10-year-old Maksim Markhaliuk from Belarus to be searched internationally The Investigative Committee of Belarus reported that the missing schoolboy Maksim Markhaliuk has been placed on the international search list. As BelTA informs referring to the head of the information and public relations department of the Investigative Committee Sergei Kabakovich, the Belarusian authorities have given Interpol the photo and description of the child. These data will be open to specialists in 99% of countries.

13.09.2017

Belarusbank top managers sentenced to years in prison
Belarusbank top managers sentenced to years in prison 16.5 years for two: the court of the Central District of Minsk sentenced the former top managers of Belarusbank to prison. First Deputy Chairman of the Board Gennady Gospodarik was sentenced to 7.5 years of imprisonment, while the head of the bank's management Nikolai Tsyrto to 9 years. The men are found guilty of taking bribes in a particularly large amount and exceeding official authority. In addition, both will have property for a total of more than $600,000 confiscated.

29.08.2017

FBI ready to assist Belarus in investigating criminal cases
FBI ready to assist Belarus in investigating criminal cases The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is ready to assist Belarus in investigating criminal cases, said the FBI representative on legal issues. Johannes Van Den Hoogen yesterday met with the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus, Ivan Noskevich. The parties discussed a wide range of issues. Among them is the fight against cyber crime, human trafficking, violations of intellectual property rights and drug trafficking. The FBI expressed their gratitude to the investigative bodies of Belarus for their cooperation with the bureau.

08.08.2017

Ashmyany customs bribe case verdict announced
Ashmyany customs bribe case verdict announced On August 8 the court announced the verdict in the case of bribes at Ashmyany customs. It had lasted more than six months. Most of the accused got from 5 to 8 years imprisonment with confiscation of property. These are 16 people and 12 of them are customs officers. The criminal group let more than 3,000 trucks without payment. Bribes taken by the customs officers ranged from 110 to 750 US dollars.

03.08.2017

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

01.08.2017

Lithuanian smuggler detained at National Airport Minsk
Lithuanian smuggler detained at National Airport Minsk A citizen of Lithuania, head of an international smuggling group, was detained at the Minsk National Airport. According to the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Belarus, a man was wanted in the homeland for smuggling. It is known that the detainee led a group of Belarusian, Latvian and Russian citizens who smuggled cigarettes through Russia and Latvia to the European Union.

24.05.2017

Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products
Belarus financial police terminate shadow supply chain of sanction products A shadow supply chain of sanctioned products was terminated by Belarus’ financial police. Investigations showed that five Belarusian entrepreneurs registered cargos at the customs from the EU. Among the goods were fruits and vegetables which are prohibited to import to Russia. Therefore, 600 vehicles with goods managed to go through the border. Belarusian businessmen got more than BYN 1 million from Russian originators. They were the organizers of the criminal scheme.

22.05.2017

Belarus President: Investigative Committee shouldn't break into the house of a person from presidential personnel list
Belarus President: Investigative Committee shouldn't break into the house of a person from presidential personnel list Alexander Lukashenko demanded that head of Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich investigate into the "unpleasant situation" with the newly appointed chairman of the Orsha District Executive Committee.  The President's instruction is to give assessment to the actions of operational services in relation to the official. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Who gave the right to break into the house of a man whose appointment was agreed with the President? 

02.05.2017

Belarus’ KGB reveals crime business schemes with Transport inspection involved
Belarus’ KGB reveals crime business schemes with Transport Inspection involved Belarus’ KGB uncovered all the schemes which led the senior management of Transport inspection to jail. This is where trade on allowing lorries travel on the territory of foreign states was cranked out: each document cost from 50 to 120 euros. Senior management of regional and central transport inspections and a range of transport companies were involved into the two-year crime business.

14.04.2017

White Legion members in Belarus charged with establishment of illegal armed formation
White Legion members in Belarus charged with establishment of illegal armed formation The journalistic investigation White Legion of Black Souls revealed the true values ​​of the organization, which was preparing to go to the streets with arms on March 25. Its participants during many years have been forging ties with Ukrainian radicals and have been adopting their combat experience. The outlook and ideology of those seemingly ordinary people was based exclusively on the theory of ethnic superiority and countering the authorities using force. Their plans included not only provocations, but also terrorist attacks.

13.04.2017

Journalistic investigation reveals true aims White Legion pursued in Belarus
Journalistic investigation reveals true aims White Legion pursued in Belarus The journalistic investigation White Legion of Black Souls has revealed the true goals of the organization, which was preparing to go to the streets with weapons. Its participants during many years have been forging ties with Ukrainian radicals and have been adopting their combat experience. The outlook and ideology of these people was based exclusively on the theory of ethnic superiority and countering the authorities using force.
Kommersant newspaper: Russian General Prosecutor's Office demands to dismiss Rosselkhoznadzor leadership
Kommersant newspaper: Russian General Prosecutor's Office demands to dismiss Rosselkhoznadzor leadership Russian Prosecutor General's Office is calling for the resignation of the leadership of the sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, reads newspaper "Kommersant" which cites its own sources. According to the newspaper, the Prosecutor General's office found that the agency under the supervision of Sergey Dankvert systematically violated the rights of entrepreneurs, and sometimes the law. Rosselkhoznadzor created "an additional burden on business", that is, carried out inspections on trumped-up reasons.

11.04.2017

White Legion members prosecuted for creation of illegal armed group
White Legion members prosecuted for creation of illegal armed group A criminal case under article 287 - the creation of an illegal armed formation - was initiated against members of White Legion, reads the newspaper "SB. Belarus Today." This fact is called extraordinary, because this is the first time in the history of sovereign Belarus. The investigators established the creation of a deeply conspiratorial organization with a clear hierarchy, rigid discipline, the ideological foundation and armament.

06.04.2017

CIS countries are potential targets of attacks
CIS countries are potential targets of attacks The terrorist situation is not improving, and all the CIS countries are potential targets of attacks. This opinion was voiced at a meeting of heads of security and intelligence services of members of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Moscow.  Belarus was represented by the chairman of the KGB, Valery Vakulchik. The Russian president met with the heads of delegations. 

05.04.2017

Belarus ready to provide assistance to Russia in subway attack investigation
Belarus ready to provide assistance to Russia in subway attack investigation Belarus is ready to provide the necessary assistance to Russia in the investigation of the explosion in the subway, reads the letter of condolence written by Alexander Lukashenko to the President of Russia, as well as families and friends of those killed and injured in the terrorist attack. SEE: Russia’s Investigative Committee identifies St. Petersburg underground suicide bomber

04.04.2017

Belarusian citizen injured in St. Petersburg subway attack
Belarusian citizen injured in St. Petersburg subway attack A citizen of Belarus has suffered during the explosion in the St. Petersburg metro on April 3. It is reported by the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. He underwent a surgery and now there is no threat to his life. The person's family have been told about the incident, adds the Foreign Ministry on twitter.
Belarusians condole over St. Petersburg subway attack
Belarusians condole over St. Petersburg subway attack Belarusians have perceived the events in St. Petersburg with great pain. In an endless stream people come to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk to bring flowers and light candles. These are representatives of organizations and institutions, students and ordinary citizens. Citizens:We all support our fraternal Russian people and grieve with them. Of course, it's terrible that such things happen in the world. Innocent people were going to study or home. And their lives ended so tragically.

03.04.2017

Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3
Presidents Putin, Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg April 3 Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin met in St. Petersburg on April 3. The heads of state started the conversation with the tragedy in the St. Petersburg metro. The President of Belarus expressed his condolences and disappointment that their dialogue was overshadowed by these sad events.

25.03.2017

Molotov cocktail thrown at tax inspection building in Belarus' Gomel
Molotov cocktail thrown at tax inspection building in Belarus' Gomel The Investigative Committee of Belarus has opened a criminal case after unknown persons threw a Molotov cocktail at the tax office building in Gomel. The criminal case is based on the article "Deliberate damage to property in publicly dangerous way". The crime was committed on March 24 in the morning. Attackers threw a Molotov cocktail in the inspection office’s window.

01.03.2017

Security in shopping malls: do they need metal detectors and weapons?
Security in shopping malls: do they need metal detectors and weapons? The trial on a high-profile case of massacre in a Minsk shopping mall began on February 20th. A 17-year-old resident of Minsk attacked people using a chainsaw and an ax. One woman died and two were injured. The accused Vladislav Kazakevich pleaded guilty. But he doesn’t repent for his actions. However, there is another question. How do security staff work at malls and in other crowded places? This trial was awaited not only by the parents of the victims and not only for asking such questions.

30.01.2017

Unified video monitoring system to appear in Belarus
Unified video monitoring system to appear in Belarus A unified video monitoring system may appear in Belarus. The President of Belarus and the Minister of the Interior discussed it last week. This trend is an integral part of public securityin many countries. Nowadays, this highly intelligent system helps not only to detect and to prevent crimes, but also to conduct research in sociology and road management. Many people use the Minsk metro every day. Nevertheless, cameras monitor safety. If suddenly you have some troubles and you are in the sight of cameras, staff will help you in a few minutes.

29.01.2017

Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief'
Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief' A number of appointments were made by the President of Belarus on 27 January. During a meeting with the newly appointed leaders, Alexander Lukashenko touched upon the important subject of the detention of one of Belarusian entrepreneurs.

25.01.2017

Ivan Shishkin's artwork found at drug traffickers' premises in Belarus
Ivan Shishkin's artwork found at drug traffickers' premises in Belarus Ivan Shishkin's artwork Forest was discovered in Belarus. The painting was seized during the arrest of members of a drug ring. It has been sent to the National Art Museum for examination. Masterpieces of world art disappeared from the museum near Vladimir region in 2013. Robbers handcuffed old woman-keeper to a radiator and stole the masterpieces. Three paintings such as Fisherman by Konstantin Korovin, First Snow by Stanislav Zhukovsky and Forest by Ivan Shishkin disappeared from the museum.

20.12.2016

Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident
Belarus sends condolences to Germany over truck accident The truck accident in Berlin was called a terrorist attack. 12 people were killed and 50 injured. The driver was one of people who requested asylum in Germany. On the December 19 evening, the offender got into the truck and drove into the crowd at a Christmas market. The President of Belarus has sent condolences in connection with the tragedy in Berlin.
Russian ambassador murdered in Turkey
Russian ambassador murdered in Turkey The Belarusian side strongly condemns the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, said the Belarus Foreign Ministry in connection with the tragic accident in Turkey. Terrorist attacks on diplomats doing everything possible to find solutions to international conflicts, peace and friendly relations among nations and peoples cannot be justified, reads the statement.

09.12.2016

Two Belarusians may face 5-12 years in jail for inciting national hatred
Two Belarusians may face years in jail for inciting hatred between Belarus and Russia The Belarusian Investigative Committee is investigating a criminal case against a guard from Brest and a BSUIR professor from Minsk. The official version, which was announced today, reads that "the criminals, hiding their real names, prepared publications for a number of Russian news feeds that contained signs of incitement to racial and national hatred." By their actions the suspects, in fact, wanted to drive a wedge of discord between Belarus and Russia.

23.11.2016

No new cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus, Interior Ministry says
No cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus in recent weeks, Interior Ministry says The Interior Ministry has denied the information about new cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus. This entry was posted in the official Twitter account of the department. A number of Belarusian media have reported that an international criminal group made remote cyber attacks on ATMs in more than 10 countries. These included Belarus, Russia, CIS countries and the European Union. The Interior Ministry made it clear that in this case, the media were talking about the details of a crime committed about three months ago.

18.10.2016

New material evidence packaging presented in Minsk
New evidence packaging presented in Belarus New packaging for material evidence has been presented in Minsk. They are able to ensure the preservation of evidence for a long time. The packing is made in Minsk of a special plastic film and complemented with means of protection against unauthorized opening. Forensic experts of the Investigative Committee will soon start using these new developments. It's been reported that colleagues from Russia are already interested in the Belarusian development and are willing to buy the technology.

24.08.2016

Number of law infringements down in Belarus in H1 2016
Number of law infringements down in Belarus in H1 2016 The Belarus President met with the Attorney General to discuss the crime situation in the country. Alexander Konyuk reported that crime rates have reduced. Moreover, this trend has continued over the past five years. Alexander Lukashenko asked about the work of the prosecutor general's office in the new environment. Recently Belarus has conducted a profound reform of the law enforcement system.

10.08.2016

Bus with Belarusian journalist attacked by unknown in Rio
Bus with Belarusian journalist attacked by unknown in Rio A Belarusian journalist has been injured in an attack on a bus at the Rio Olympics. The incident occurred after the basketball game Belarus v Brazil, where the Belarusian team narrowly won. The vehicles with media representatives were attacked on their way to the Main Press Center of the Olympic Games. Witnesses reported several shots. However, later reports state that these were stones. Two people were slightly injured. Among them is a Belarusian journalist. In his video blog, sports journalist Artur Zhol reported about details of the incident.

28.07.2016

Belarus, EU to fight economic crimes together
Belarus, EU to fight economic crimes together Belarus and the European Union are joining forces in the fight against economic crimes. On July 28, international experts discussed in Minsk efforts to combat modern methods of financial fraud schemes. In addition to tax evasion the list of crimes includes criminal bankruptcy and illegal entrepreneurship.      Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars illegally replenish the accounts of foreign companies and one-day firms who use fake company details.

29.06.2016

Belarusians arrive from Istanbul: "That was really creepy!"
Belarusians arrive from Istanbul: "That was really creepy!" After a series of terrorist attacks the Istanbul airport was closed. Now the interrupted air service has been restored. The Belarusian airline did not fly to Istanbul today but the planned flight of Turkish Airlines was on schedule. The CTV crew talked with the passengers from Istanbul who arrived after the attack.

15.06.2016

President Lukashenko sends condolences to Barack Obama over Orlando massacre
President Lukashenko sends condolences to Barack Obama over Orlando massacre New details of the terrorist attack in Orlando have emerged. It is known that the terrorist who shot 50 people in a nightclub did this for political reasons.  The criminal, a native of Afghanistan, said this during the call to the emergency services. He demanded that "the US stop bombing his country." Responsibility for the attack was taken by the grouping "Islamic state".    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has sent condolences to US President Barack Obama, the relatives and friends of the victims.

13.05.2016

Vasily Alekseyenko, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus tightens responsibility for use and possession of drugs Belarus is tightening responsibility for the use and possession of drugs. Amendments to the relevant bill were approved on May 12 by the House of Representatives. The document provides for stricter liability for owners of online stores and entertainment venues if they do not notify law enforcement authorities about the illegal traffic of banned substances. There are clarifications on the grounds that allow placing juveniles in special medical and educational institutions. In addition, separate liability for drug use is introduced.

04.05.2016

Belarus President: No other departments should influence work of Investigative Committee
Belarus President: No other departments should influence work of Investigative Committee The Investigative Committee reported to the President on 4 May about the investigation the most resonant crimes. Alexander Lukashenko met with the head of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich, who has been in office only six months. But the President already appreciates him as a principled and honest professional.

12.04.2016

2011 Minsk metro blast: five years on
2011 Minsk metro blast: five years on It's been five years since the day of the April 11, 2011 tragedy. Belarusians will never forget that day. The rush-hour Minsk metro blast claimed the lives of 15 people injuring further 400. The monument Memory Rivers was installed at one of the entrances to the station. From the morning flowers of April 11, those who remember those tragic events were coming to the stela carrying flowers and candles. Underground workers also commemorated the victims.

10.04.2016

Drug trafficking situation in Belarus stabilizes, President Lukashenko warns against complacency
Drug trafficking situation in Belarus stabilizes, President Lukashenko warns against complacency Penalty for drug traffickers will remain tough in Belarus. The situation with drug trafficking was discussed at the level of the Head of State on April 8. During the existence of Decree No.6, the situation in this area has improved substantially. For the first time over the last three years the share of drug-related crimes has declined. The share of synthetic psychotropic drugs has decreased. The number of overdose cases has dropped 25%. This situation persists in 2016 but the head of state's requirement is not to stop there.

05.04.2016

Valery Vakulchik, chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB)
Belarus Parliament discussing possible liability for extremist activities The Belarusian Parliament discussed on April 4 the possibility of introducing liability for extremism. Although Belarus has created an effective legal framework to combat terrorism the corresponding article is still not included in the country's Criminal Code. In addition, it is planned to introduce responsibility for taking part in the fighting on the territory of other states. Currently, it is the so-called mercenaries who could fall under this article. These are people fighting on a particular side for financial reward.

01.04.2016

Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says
Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says Seasonal load on the western border has no effect on the quality of the work of customs and border structures. The President of Belarus heard out a report of the State Secretary of the Security Council. The officials discussed the situation on Belarus' borders, in particular, the queues in the Lithuanian direction. It was decided to strengthen the work of the relevant crossing points.

27.03.2016

Belarus' ambassador to Belgium on terrorist attack
Belarus' ambassador to Belgium about terrorist attacks Attacks shocked Europe once again: explosions sounded on Tuesday in the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, Brussels. More than 30 people were killed and another 300 injured. As it became known a few days later, citizens of Belarus were also among those who suffered. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium Andrei Yevdochenko has the latest news from Brussels. Yuri Koziyatko: Mr Yevdochenko, hello!

24.03.2016

Belarusians suffer in Brussels attacks On March 24 it became known that Belarusians suffered in a series of attacks in the capital of Belgium. A couple with a small child was injured in the explosion at the airport. Fortunately, they have been discharged from hospital, reports the Embassy of Belarus in Belgium.

21.03.2016

Belaruian businesman Chizh charged with tax evasion
Belaruian businesman Chizh charged with tax evasion Belarusian businessman Yuri Chizh, who has recently been detained, has been charged with tax and fee evasion on a large scale, reported on March 21 the State Security Committee of Belarus.  Currently, Yuri Chizh remains in custody in a detention center. More on Yuri Chizh's detention here.

15.03.2016

Belarusian businessman Yuri Chizh detained: KGB reveals details New details of the arrest of big Belarusian businessman Yuri Chizh have been revealed by the Belarus KGB. He is suspected of tax evasion in especially large amounts.    According to investigators, the criminal scheme was designed to withdraw money abroad. The top manager, after learning about a possible arrest, did not go to law enforcement agencies. He rushed to the state border.

14.03.2016

Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row
Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row Water supply and elevator maintenance will be cheaper. The President of Belarus has approved the tariffs for basic public utilities. The President ordered an in-depth review of utility costs after the January price rises. Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the real value of the services be specified in utility bills. And utilities should be transparent and understandable to the public. The decree on the new tariff policy will be signed in the near future.

17.02.2016

Sergei Khmaruk, prosecutor of Minsk
Minsk records decrease in overall crime rate Minsk has recorded a decrease in the overall crime rate, said yesteday Minsk city prosecutor Sergei Khmaruk. The number of thefts, robberies and crimes committed while intoxicated and by those under age has reduced. By the way, Minsk is Belarus' only region where a positive trend is observed.  However, experts note the growth of grave and especially grave crimes. In particular, attacks on life, corruption offenses and sales and distribution of drugs.

11.02.2016

President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics
President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? According to the President, the answer to this question must be sought in society. Alexander Lukashenko, at the board of the Investigative Committee, advised the security forces to do everything necessary to improve its image among the population. And for this, they need to assess their work on a daily basis. The Belarus President also recommended the Committee to rely less on statistics in assessing performance. Other topics covered were the fight against corruption, economic crimes, and staff training.
President Lukashenko takes part in board meeting of Belarus' Investigative Committee
President Lukashenko asks Investigative Committee to root out corruption from the outset How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? The answer to this question must be sought in society. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, at the board meeting of the Investigative Committee, advised to rely less on statistics when assessing the results of the Committee's work. 

07.02.2016

Forensic examination in Belarus: Will the country join ENFSI?
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.

05.02.2016

Corruption scandal at BelAZ: $1 million missing
Corruption scandal at BelAZ: $1 million missing A theft of the century has been disclosed at Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ). After 2015, the local staff found out that $1 million was missing. The criminals have created a real conveyor for removal and resale of parts of the world famous truck. Some parts weigh more than 800kg. So they had to use lifting equipment, work only at night and on weekends and rent trucks for transportation. They even established their own "protection group", which accompanied the stolen things all the time.

04.02.2016

Belarus may join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes
Belarus may join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes Criminalists from Belgium, Britain, Germany, Estonia and the Netherlands have arrived in Minsk. They all represent companies that are part of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). This is the main organization of its kind in the Old World, which brings together 64 expert institutions from 36 European countries. During the meeting the participants discussed cooperation and shared experience.
Leading criminologists of Europe gather for forum in Minsk
Leading criminologists of Europe gather for forum in Minsk Minsk has brought together leading criminologists of Europe to discuss the development of forensics, share experiences, and build bridges of international cooperation at the negotiating table. The forum is being held today, February 4, and is featuring representatives of dozens of expert organizations. It was not a coincidence that the Belarusian capital has been chosen as a discussion platform for this major forum. The event was originally planned to take place in London. 

28.01.2016

Belarus President on law enforcement reform
What are recent trends in Belarus' law enforcement system? The safety of Belarusians was discussed today, on January 28 in Minsk at a board of the Interior Ministry. The Belarus President took part in the meeting. Alexander Lukashenko criticized the ministry for some innovations, but at the same time pointed out that a positive results were achieved in a number of areas in 2015. Notably, Belarusians also agree with this. According to a study of the Information Analytical Center at the Presidential Administration, more than 80% of respondents feel safe when they are on the street or in public places.

11.01.2016

Igor Shunevich, Belarus' interior minister
Belarus' Interior Ministry for mitigating administrative penalties The Public Council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs has initiated mitigation of punishment for administrative offenses. This decision is based on statistics. In particular, the public council discussed issues concerning traffic rules and standards of conduct in public places.  The changes will be submitted for public discussion in the near future. In interior believes that the liberalization of Belarus' justice system will help improve the image of the country.

13.12.2015

Belarus going to use psycholinguistic examination
Belarus going to use psycholinguistic examination In the fight against extremism and terrorism, it is important to forestall crime before it happens. Psycholinguistic examination may become one of the most effective methods of prevention. Specialists discussed the possibilities of its application in Belarus on December 10. The essence of the examination is in tandem two specialists: a psychologist and a linguist, who monitor and evaluate signs of extremist nature in speech and in a variety of information sources. It is planned that Belarusian experts are going to be trained in Russia.

20.10.2015

Belarus President notes need to combat shadow economy
Belarus President notes need to combat shadow economy The Belarus President has set a task to the Committee of State Security to rigidly suppress the activities in the shadow economy, including to punish complicit officials. October 20 Alexander Lukashenko met with KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik. As was reported to the President, this work has already begun. In particular, on October 19, 13 persons were arrested in Brest for organizing such activities. These are the largest suppliers of products for the agricultural sector.

07.09.2015

Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests
Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests In Kiev, last week began with an explosion at the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. The grenade injured more than 100 people.  Ukrainian authorities promised to respond rapidly to the incident that led to the death of four people. However, the shock relay continued. Two days later a bomb exploded in the office of the nationalist "Right Sector".

27.08.2015

Former employees of HC Dinamo Minsk accused of abuse of power
Former employees of HC Dinamo Minsk accused of abuse of power The Investigation Committee of the Republic of Belarus has issued an official statement on the case involving former employees of the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk. According to investigators, Maxim Subbotkin and Vladimir Berezhkov were involved in serious financial abuses while working for Dinamo.

20.08.2015

Belarus' President: The government is hesitant in taking action against counterfeit alcohol
Belarus' President: The government is hesitant in taking action against counterfeit alcohol Illegal trafficking of alcohol, increasing imports and a reduction in domestic production. The Belarus President on August 20 criticized the hesitancy of the government in taking steps to protect the domestic market from low-quality alcohol products. On July 1, a special decree and the decree was adopted, which is designed to strengthen state regulation in this sphere.

19.08.2015

Alexei Klimovich, spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Belarus
Minsk spice traders charged Minsk spice merchants have been charged. Investigation of the criminal case against the organizers of the three illegal Internet shopping has completed. There are nine defendants in the case, including five organizers. The young people were engaged in the spread of psychotropics on the web.

27.07.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Minsk to host movie week devoted to human trafficking problem Trafficking in human beings through the prism of cinema. Minsk is to host a week of movies devoted to this issue.  The program includes film screenings, organized by the International Organization for Migration. Movies have been submitted by Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, the USA and Sweden. This thematic retrospective will become one of the events that will be held in the Belarusian capital on the occasion of World Day to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

07.07.2015

Bentley 1929 worth BYR7 billion seized at Belarusian-Polish border
Vintage 1929 Bentley worth BYR7 billion confiscated at Belarusian-Polish border A vintage car, which estimated cost is about BYR7 billion has been confiscated before the court decision at the Belarusian-Polish border. The driver chose the green customs corridor without providing documents confirming the legality of the vehicle's export. 

29.06.2015

Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief
Belarus' President discusses situation at Ukrainian border with KBG chief On June 29, the Head of State met with Chairman of the Committee of State Security (KGB) Valery Vakulchik. The overall situation in the country is stable, and there are no threats that would require immediate actions. However, the meeting officials raised the question of national security, environment and the situation in the country and on its borders.
Dmitry Pobyarzhin, KBG press secretary
Belarus' KGB reveals the country's biggest criminal group in the field of electronic payments $3 million of illegal income. The Belarusian KGB revealed the country's largest criminal group that was involved in international electronic payments. The criminals were well disguised. They used the channels of encrypted communication, a complex scheme consisting of electronic payment system wallets, SIM cards of Belarusian and Russian operators registered on false people, including foreigners. As a result, the illegal turnover of funds amounted to over 54 billion rubles.

19.03.2015

Capital punishment for rape and murder of 19-year-old girl in Belarus
Capital punishment for rape and murder of 19-year-old girl in Belarus A resident of Belarus' Rechitsa was sentenced to capital punishment for rape and brutal murder of 19-year-old girl. The crime was committed in August 2013 . A mutilated corpse of the raped girl was found in the city center. The death sentence was voiced by the Rechitsa District Court. The murderer is 21-year-old resident of Rechitsa, who brutally murdered his girlfriend in the heart of the town in August 2013. The capital of Belarusian oil workers was waiting for the sentence for almost half a year.