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The Investigative Committee
of the Republic of Belarus
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Sapega's web. How many people were dragged in the criminal network of Black Book of Belarus?

In the proceedings of the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee, there was a criminal case against Sofia Sapega, who was one of the administrators of the as-of-today-extremist group "Black Book of Belarus" (BBB).

In investigating the criminal case, the investigators thoroughly examined all Sapega's data carriers which facilitated revealing the interaction chain between extremists and people residing in Belarus, who, inspired by the ideas of inciting social hostility and total genocide of alternative opinions, actively contributed to the BBB activities, provided administrators with confidential information, including personal data of citizens of Belarus.

After it was possible to identify and locate some of the accomplices of the group, they were detained, criminal cases were initiated, and they were charged for the crimes committed.

In 2020, destructive resources actively disseminated false information that personal data of civil servants were provided to extremists by their relatives and acquaintances, but this information agenda was aimed solely at demoralizing and undermining the psychological climate in social groups of law-abiding citizens, law enforcement officers and the state apparatus. Yet, the investigation were able to identify the real "gray cardinals" of the information war.

To date, the "technical support group" of the criminal community has dozens of people. Among them, employees of state agencies, former law enforcers and persons who had access to personal data of Belarusians, were identified. It was they who, ignoring all possible moral and ethical principles, rules, instructions, laws, "leaked" confidential information to extremists. In the future, it was used for harassment, intimidation, psychological and physical violence. This information also helped coordinate criminal actions of extremist cells, such as vandalism, property damage, death threats and real attacks on people.

Among those who distinguished themselves was a 31-year-old manager of the "BEST" mobile operator, who was actively engaged in providing BBB administrators with personal data, access to which he had as part of his official duties. The man now is in custody. He was charged for aiding the incitement of social enmity and discord based on different social affiliation committed by an official through the abuse of power and a group of persons that entailed other grave consequences (Part 6 of Article 16 and Part 3 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code).

The list of identified and detained accomplices of the extremist network only in the framework of one criminal case investigation has more than two dozen people. Some of them were sentences to 5-11 years of imprisonment. In similar way the investigation identifies the links of criminals with other citizens who will also be detained and brought to liability established by law.

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