EU declines to comment on Belarus murder plot
A 2012 press release discusses the planning of the assassination of journalist Pavel Sheremet
KIEV – Alexander Lukashenko could have been involved in sanctioning political assassinations in Germany. On January 4, 2021, the online edition EUobserver writes about this, referring to a fragment of an entry that may have belonged to Vadim Zaitsev (chairman of the KGB of Belarus in 2008 – 2012) and representatives of the special forces unit “Alpha”.
EUobserver notes that a 24-minute recording with a snippet of conversation about the preparation of the assassination attempts was made in April 2012. The alleged victims of the conspirators were supposed to be the former head of the detention center No. 1 in Minsk Oleg Alkaev, the former commander of the special forces brigade Vladimir Borodach and the former head of the anti-corruption department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Vyacheslav Dudkin.
In the conversation, a printout of which is posted on the website of the publication, there is a fragment of a conversation about the journalist Pavlo Sheremet, who died in Kiev in 2016.
The name and surname of Alexander Lukashenko is not mentioned in the text, however, it is reported that “the president is waiting for these clear events, and the committee has been instructed to deal with these matters … – This is clear”.
“We need to work on Sheremet, which is [*****]. Let’s make a bookmark of some kind, and so on, so that [*****] neither hands nor feet will be collected. Everything should be like a natural way, but this does not affect the consciousness of people so much, “the conversation says..
“Moreover, there will be no problems with the bookmark,” the interlocutor replies..
Recall that journalist Pavel Sheremet was blown up on July 20, 2016 in a car in the center of Kiev. According to the Ukrinform National News Agency, on December 12, 2019, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the arrest and announcement of suspicions to those involved in the case. The investigation suspects the doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko, the nurse of the parachute battalion Yana Dugar and the ATO veteran Andrey Antonenko.
The National Police of Ukraine noted on January 4 that “documents and audio recordings, the last of which are dated 2012, have already arrived at the disposal of the investigation and are of interest from the point of view of identifying those who ordered the crime.”.
“On the records made public, unidentified persons are discussing the issue of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. In particular, it was noted on the option of poisoning with the use of toxic substances, as well as undermining, ”the message says..
Terrorist attacks against Belarusians
Alyona Tolstaya, co-chair of the Razam (Together) solidarity movement, believes that Alexander Lukashenko used methods of intimidation and physical persecution of opponents from the very beginning of ruling the country.
“He began his rule over Belarus, first with the elimination of criminals, then he took up political and public figures. Minister Yuri Zakharenko, journalist Dmitry Zavadsky. Then he just turned to mass terror – until now the Belarusians do not know who is to blame for the terrorist attack in the Minsk metro and he used all these terrorist acts in order to only tighten the regime and control in Belarus, ”Alena Tolstaya tells the correspondent of the Russian Service“ Voices of America “.
The information that got into EUobserver, she said, demonstrates that the KGB of the republic is closely connected with the Russian special services, and uses methods of physically eliminating opponents.
She believes that such a body as the KGB of Belarus is the successor of the Soviet KGB and should be disbanded..
“There needs to be a museum of repressions against Belarus, and we must act as Ukraine has done since 2014 – to attract specialists who are not related to the Soviet past in their work,” says Alena Tolstaya..
Official examination first
Ihor Tyshkevich, an expert on international and domestic policy programs at the Ukrainian Institute of the Future, notes that an official investigation is needed in order to get an answer about the involvement of the security forces and Alexander Lukashenko in the persecution of the opposition..
“There are several planes from the standpoint of the activities of the special services. Do the Belarusian special services have the opportunity to operate abroad, like the special services of any country? Is Belarus an authoritarian state? Yes. Are there any accusations against the Belarusian authorities of political murders – yes. They became part of the accusations for the imposition of sanctions, “Igor Tyshkevich says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
He notes that the new data published in the press about the possible involvement of the Belarusian special services in the murder of Pavel Sheremet should also be studied in detail..
“Did Lukashenka take journalist Sheremet for a personal enemy? Probably yes. Could it be true or fake? Yes and no. Sheremet was active before, for example, in 2012, and 2016 is the year when Minsk flirted with the West, “Igor Tyshkevich emphasizes..
The development of democratic processes, the constitutional reform of Belarus, according to him, is today considered in the plane of the transfer of power from Alexander Lukashenko.
“Neither side has published a concept that could be rested regarding the reforms of the KGB. If we talk about Belarus, then Lukashenka’s entourage is gradually upsetting the network of special services and eroding obligations and the sphere of influence. And what his opponents offer – there is no clear information, “Igor Tyshkevich notes..
Political scientist Andrei Okara notes that after the murder of Pavel Sheremet, three versions were initially put forward – with Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian participation..
“The question is – they could or could not – yes, the unequivocal answer: they could have been involved in the murders. And to the question whether such a task was set or not, the answer is more complicated, we cannot blame without evidence, “Andrei Okara tells the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
He notes that he is ready to believe in the “Belarusian trace” in the case of Pavel Sheremet, but the question today is how to prove and obtain evidence – whether such a task was set in the environment of Lukashenka and in the KGB of the republic?
“The Belarusian version of his murder may become a priority. I personally have heard from the Belarusian oppositionists that the Lukashenka regime is so vindictive that it is trying to get its opponents outside the republic. Therefore, the opposition has a basis for fears, ”Andrei Okara emphasizes..
The political scientist believes that Alexander Lukashenko uses all methods of struggle to maintain power.