Belarus has named the date of commencement of the proceedings against the authors Regnum

© Flickr / Chris Rgstrd Minsk. Archival photoBelarus has named the date of commencement of the proceedings against the authors Regnum© Flickr / Chris Price

The Minsk city court on 18 December will start consideration of criminal case against the Belarusian authors of the Agency Regnum, reported on Friday the assistant to the President of the court Anastasia Silvan.

«Eighteenth of December the Minsk city court starts hearing in open court the criminal case on charge A. (Dmitry Alimkin — ed.) in committing a crime under part 3 of article 130 of the Criminal code (incitement to racial, national or religious enmity or discord — ed.), P. (Yuri Pavlovets) and sh (Sergey Chipenko) in committing crimes under part 1 of article 233 (illegal business activities — ed.) and part 3 of article 130 of the Criminal code,» — said Silvan in Facebook.

According to the announcement, all three are accused of deliberate actions aimed at incitement of ethnic hatred, committed by a group of persons (punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of five to 12 years). Two further accused of illegal entrepreneurial activity connected with obtaining income (punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to three years).

The scandal around the Russian news Agency Regnum broke out in December 2016 in connection with the publication of a number of materials on the Belarusian topic. Subsequently, the law enforcement officers of Belarus detained three authors Regnum, which was charged under the article «inciting racial, national or religious enmity or discord». In late August, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Yulia Goncharova said that the criminal investigation against the authors Regnum is nearing completion.

According to the representative of SK of Belarus, in the criminal case there is another person involved — Yuri little sheep in respect of which in absentia applied the measure of restraint in form of detention, he declared in the international search. According to the UK, he is in the territory of Russia, directed to the investigative documents. To him also in absentia charged under part 3 of article 130 of the Criminal code.

Earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry called on the Belarusian side the most responsible to consider the case of three Belarusian journalists cooperating with the Russian website accused of inciting hatred.

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