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Resident of Mozyr made over 1,000 spike strips to damage special-purpose vehicles: the investigation is completed

25.11.2020
The Main Investigative Department has completed the investigation into a criminal case opened against a 40-year-old resident of Mozyr charged with the preparation for participation in mass riots.

The investigation established that in July-August of this year the man made metal structures (spike strips) which he later planned to hand over to others to damage tires of special-purpose police vehicles.

All in all, the man made more than a thousand such strips and kept them in a storage site in Mozyr District and then moved them to the town of Kalinkovichi.

Investigators also found that the man administered one of the channels posting destructive content in the Telegram messenger and participated in a radical chat where he was looking for a person who could deliver spike strips to Minsk. To do this, the accused posted a photo of a metal structure in one of the chat rooms and also the instructions on their use and information about their striking properties.

A 32-year-old man responded to the post and agreed to pick spike strips up, to transport them to Minsk and to hand them over to other citizens for their subsequent use.

Immediately after the handover, the 40-year-old man was arrested by law enforcement officers, and the strips were seized. During an investigative experiment it was established that when throwing a spike strip from different distances and at different angles, it would always land with spikes pointing upward. The total length of the spike strip is 77.5 meters.

Investigators interrogated witnesses and the accused, examined video recordings, inspected storage sites and computer equipment, including the devices that were used for correspondence and administration of the Telegram channel.

The criminal case was opened under Article 13 Article 293-2 (preparation for participation in mass riots) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. The man remains in custody.

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