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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Yevdochenko, hello!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.