Lukashenko did this after searches on June 11 at the offices of the Belarusian branch of the Russian Gazprombank. as the law enforcers looked into a case of tax evasion. Previously, Babariko was the leader of this branch.
Lukashenko's oppoment has denied the allegations against him. He says that the raid was carried out to put political pressure on him.
At the same time, Lukashenko rejects allegations that the searches are related to the elections.
Viktor Babariko is considered Lukashenko’s main rival in the presidential election to be held on August 9. He has close ties with Russia.
As we reported before, in Belarus, which is expected to hold the presidential election on August 9, several cities continued to collect signatures for potential presidential candidates who could oppose the current head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The official is going for sixth consecutive term
At some point, about 1,350 people stood in lines at the same time in Minsk, on the square near the Komarovsky market, where signatures were collected, according to the calculations of the Vesna human rights center.