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In Belarus, a case was opened on an attempt to organize mass riots

An attempt to organize mass riots was suppressed in Vitebsk, two suspects were arrested, the Investigative Committee of Belarus said.

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“Criminal cases have been initiated against 38-year-old and 43-year-old men under part 1 of article 328 (illegal drug trafficking) and part 1 of article 13, part 1 of article 293 (preparation for mass riots) of the Criminal Code of the Republic Belarus, ”the press release says.

According to the investigation, from November 2020 to February 9 of this year, the men carried out preparations for the riots and stored glass bottles, fragments of foam plastic and bottles with flammable liquid in the garage.

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On February 9, the men were detained. In the garage of one of them, at least 5 g of marijuana was also seized.

“The materials of the criminal case included video recordings, which recorded the consumption of drugs by the abovementioned men, as well as preparation for riots,” said the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

They also noted that men in 2020 were repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility in connection with a violation of the procedure for organizing or holding mass events.

Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Belarus reported that “people from the inner circle” of the former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya were preparing for riots and the seizure of government buildings in Gomel, the plan of which was discussed at a meeting on August 5, 2020.

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The press service of Tikhanovskaya denied her participation in organizing the riots.

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