Sergei Satsuk, editor-in-chief of Ezhednevnik, was charged with inciting hatred (Article 130 of the Criminal Code) and abuse of office (Article 426 of the Criminal Code), informs Belarusian Association of Journalists, citing his former cellmate.
Satsuka was detained on December 8, 2021 after his apartment was searched. On the same day, the Ezhednevnik website stopped opening in Belarus and abroad.
His brother Alexander Satsuk then said that the search warrant was dated December 6, and Sergey is being held as a suspect under part 2 of article 430 of the Criminal Code (“Receiving a bribe repeatedly, either by extortion, or by a group of persons by prior agreement, or on a large scale” ).
“A few days before that, Ezhednevnik launched a project about Belarusian “terrorists.” Perhaps the new pressure on the portal is connected precisely with this. Or perhaps it was just the turn,” said Satsuk.
Access to the Ezhednevnik website was restricted “based on the decision of the Ministry of Information”, it was included in the blocking list for providers.
Sergei Satsuk was detained on March 25, 2020, after a search in his house, equipment and documents were seized. The State Control Committee claimed that Satsuk allegedly received $5,000 “for preparing and posting on his website an article containing incriminating information about the competitors of the business entity, the Animed company.” In early April, he was released from custody.