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10 June 2021, 16:07

Call for closer look into allegations of Russian funding for extremist Telegram channels in Belarus

Roman Protasevich. Photo courtesy of the TV channel ONT
Roman Protasevich. Photo courtesy of the TV channel ONT

MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – Roman Protasevich told the Belarusian TV channel ONT a lot in an interview on 3 June. In particular, he mentioned that an extremist Telegram channel was financed by some Russian businessmen. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Yevgeny Lukyanov made a few comments on 10 June in response to Roman Protasevich's words, BelTA has learned.

The ambassador is convinced that the situation the interview described warrants an additional investigation and explanation. “Moreover, we are probably talking about an interstate problem,” he said.

The ambassador reminded that the Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov had talked about the matter. “I think the words he said confirm that the question needs an answer,” the ambassador stressed.

Yevgeny Lukyanov also mentioned a recent interview with the Russian businessman Dmitry Mazepin, who had denied his involvement in financing Telegram channels. “He showed no other feelings but restrained indignation. He chose his words and comments carefully. Honestly speaking, I can understand him because I've had situations in life when I faced various accusations and I know how unpleasant and revolting it is,” the ambassador noted.

“On the whole, it is necessary to get to the bottom of everything. Rushing things is never a good idea,” Yevgeny Lukyanov is convinced. “Do you know what bravery is? It is patience in time of danger. A genius statement. One needs patience in this regard because it is yet another danger, another fake piece of news, another plant. You always have to wonder who benefits from it. If you can answer this question, a lot will become clearer for you.”

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