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Investigative Committee initiated criminal case against Aliaksandra Herasimenia

The Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against Aliaksandra Herasimenia and Aliaksandr Apeikin.

According to the investigation, in August 2020, the aforementioned persons created the so-called Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, proclaiming as its goals provision of financial and legal assistance to athletes brought to responsibility for violation of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus. In fact, Herasimenia and Apeikin, being respectively the chairman and the executive director, spread deliberately false information about the course and results of the election campaign, about events in the social, economic, political and cultural society life spheres. On the Internet and in the mass media, they appealed to foreign states and international organizations to take actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus.

In particular, a number of major sporting events were set aside from Belarus under pressure of the members of the above-mentioned "association". As a result of actions of Herasimenia and Apeikin, as well as other persons, significant image and financial damage was inflicted, the country's prestige in the international and political arena was undermined, the leadership of the sports industry and the state was discredited.

Actions of members of the so-called BSSF were qualified by the investigators under Part 3 Article 361 (calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus, committed using the media and the global computer network Internet) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. The sanction of the article provides for the maximum punishment in the form of imprisonment up to 5 years.

At the moment, urgent investigative and procedural actions are being carried out on the criminal case. The final legal assessment will be made based on the results of the investigation.

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