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30 April 2021, 14:00

Nine people accused of preparations for coup in Belarus

The KGB office in Minsk. An archive photo
The KGB office in Minsk. An archive photo

MINSK, 30 April (BelTA) – Nine people have been accused as part of the criminal case opened by the KGB according to part 1, Article 357 of the Criminal Code (conspiracy or other actions committed for the purpose of seizing state power), BelTA learned from Andrei Yarosh, a spokesman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB).

In his words, those are Aleksandr Feduta, Yuri Zenkovich, Grigory Kostusev, Olga Golubovich, Dmitry Shchigelsky, Aleksandr Perepechko, Pavel Kulazhenko, Vitaly Makarenko, and Igor Makar. He added that Aleksandr Feduta, Yuri Zenkovich, Grigory Kostusev, and Olga Golubovich are now in the KGB's pretrial detention center.

The Prosecutor General's Office has in absentia applied a preventive measure in the form of detention against Dmitry Shchigelsky, Aleksandr Perepechko, Pavel Kulazhenko, Vitaly Makarenko, and Igor Makar.

According to the KGB spokesman, the KGB Criminal Investigation Office has sent a request for legal aid to the relevant justice authorities of the United States of America. The U.S. authorities are requested to find the accused, interview them, and perform other actions to comprehensively examine all the circumstances of the case. The extradition of these persons to Belarus has been initiated. Similar requests regarding Igor Makar and Vitaly Makarenko will be sent to Lithuania and Ukraine respectively soon. The State Security Committee of Belarus expects American partners and other foreign partners to act upon the requests and authorize the extradition of these citizens to Belarus where they will face legally instituted prosecution.

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