The Swiss government has imposed financial and travel sanctions against 40 former and current officials in Belarus who are accused of violence and arbitrary arrests following controversial elections in the country. This was reported by the press service of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the country.
The list of officials includes Interior Minister Yuri Karayev for his role in "repression and an intimidation campaign" in the wake of the election. The measures, which come into force at 6 p.m Central European time on October 13, include blocking financial assets and a ban on entry into Switzerland.
The European Union had already announced sanctions against the 40 officials. On Monday, EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko if he doesn’t pursue serious talks with the opposition about new elections and eases a crackdown against protesters.
As we reported, on October 12, during the March of Pensioners in Minsk, OMON law enforcers used stunt grenades. Besides, according to the witnesses, there are affected after the use of stunt grenades by OMON. The ambulance came to the site.