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Four detainees charged in Belarus for preparing a coup d'etat

Source : 112 Ukraine

They were charged with conspiracy to seize power
13:42, 22 April 2021

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko
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The investigation in Belarus has brought charges against four detainees for preparing a coup d'etat in the country with the aim of changing power in an unconstitutional way. This was stated by the head of the investigation department of the State Security Committee Konstantin Bychek, writes Tass.

"Four detained persons were charged with committing a crime under Part 1 of Article 357 of the Criminal Code - a conspiracy to seize power by unconstitutional means. All of them confess and cooperate with the investigation," the KGB spokesman said.

He also informed that one of the detainees - Yuri Zenkovich - had fully admitted guilt in the alleged crime. Now the man is being actively testifying about all the circumstances of the illegal acts committed by him.

“For almost half a year, we have documented and recorded all stages of illegal activity, including with the help of technical means of objective control,” stressed Konstantin Bychek.

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He also noted that the detained persons "reached a secret agreement with each other on the forceful overthrow of the government, naturally, in an unconstitutional way." According to the official, the activities of the detainees went beyond a simple discussion of these issues in closed videoconferences and chats.

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation detained two people in Moscow who were allegedly preparing a coup d'etat in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko claims that an attempt was made on him and his children. Later, the Belarusian Air Force initiated a criminal case under the article on "attempted coup d'etat."

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