In Belarus, the KGB sent Dmitry Shedko, former Deputy Minister of Communications of the country and assistant to the chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), to a pre-trial detention center. The reasons for the arrest are not known exactly, but according to the Viasna right-wing project, he may be suspected of having links with people who were involved in the sabotage of the Russian A-50 aircraft in Machulishchi.
Human rights activists report that Shedko was detained in Moscow by the FSB on March 10. He managed to inform about the visit of representatives of the special services to him. The reasons for the detention are unknown. “Viasna” claims that Shedko was immediately transferred to Minsk, and the FSB deliberately made “information stuffing” about the disappearance of the former minister.
According to human rights activists, Shedko could personally know “some people who were detained in the case of sabotage in Machulishchi.” On VKontakte, there are photos of the former minister with Yevgenia Tochitskaya, the heroine of a film by the Belarus-1 TV channel about a sabotage at a military airfield.
Earlier, Belarusian human rights activists reported that in the case of explosions in Machulishchi, KGB officers conducted mass searches of residents of Minsk, who were persecuted under administrative and political articles from 2020 to 2023. After the search, many were taken to the KGB detention center. “Viasna” is aware of at least a dozen such cases.
- On February 26, the Belarusian opposition movement BYPOL, created by former employees of the Belarusian security forces, reported that it had attacked a Russian plane with drones at the Machulishchi airfield, 12 kilometers from Minsk, and managed to damage it.
- The authorities did not comment on the report at first, and then showed a video of the plane in the air, making it clear that the damage report was false. Later it became known that the board flew to Taganrog for repairs.
- Recently, Dmitry Shedko worked in Moscow as an assistant to the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Mikhail Myasnikovich. Until his resignation in 2019, he was the First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of Belarus.
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