MINSK, 19 Feb – RIA Novosti. A criminal case on the death in Belarus of Alexander Taraikovsky – the first person killed during the protest actions – will not be initiated, the head of the Republic's Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich said on Friday.
“Investigation of criminal cases opened on the facts of mass riots during the post-election campaign continues. In particular, as part of the investigation of cases under Article 293 of the Criminal Code, the Department of the Investigative Committee for the city of Minsk decided to refuse to initiate a criminal case on the death of Alexander Taraikovsky,” Noskevich State Agency Belt.
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As noted by Noskevich, according to the investigation, at about 23.00 (coincides with Moscow time) on August 10, 2020, during a mass confrontation near the Pushkinskaya metro station, Taraikovsky, being in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication, separated from the crowd of protesters and, despite numerous warnings law enforcement officers, went in their direction. “By his actions, Taraikovsky provoked law enforcement officers, they did not know his true motives and the purpose of his actions, and taking into account the operational information about possible terrorist attacks, the presence of explosives and weapons in the protesters, they perceived him as a real threat to life and the health of both employees and the protesters themselves, “said the head of the IC of the republic.
“In this regard, law enforcement officers acted exclusively within the framework of their instructions and used non-lethal weapons against Taraikovsky, the action of which was not aimed at killing, but at his physical stop, from a safe distance, excluding death. circumstances, one of the wounds turned out to be penetrating, as a result of which Taraikovsky's death occurred at the scene, “Noskevich said.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, which was won for the sixth time by Alexander Lukashenko, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, massive opposition protests began in the country. During their dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. Local actions continue to this day, but protest activity is now noticeably lower than six months ago. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, and their manifestations had practically disappeared. In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against a number of opposition leaders, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist group, and a conspiracy to seize state power in an unconstitutional way.