The Minsk regional court sentenced Alexander Goncharov to five years in a maximum security colony for transferring money to the Kastus Kalinovsky regiment. This was reported on the website of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
He was accused of “financing activities for recruitment, training, other training and use” of citizens of Belarus “for participation on the territory of a foreign state in an armed formation of one of the warring parties, in armed conflicts and military operations in the absence of signs of mercenarism” (Part 2 of Article 361- 3 CC).
This is not the first time in Belarus that people have been tried for transferring money to Kalinovsky’s regiment or for attempting to transfer money. In August 2023, the court sentenced Anastasia Petrochenko to three years in a general regime colony in the case of financing an “extremist formation” (Part 1 of Article 361-2 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Petrochenko moved to Poland. While in Poland, she attempted to make a $16 donation to the Kalinovsky Regiment from her Belarusian bank account through online banking, but the transaction did not go through. She was detained after returning to Belarus.
In March last year, then a battalion, and now a regiment named after Kastus Kalinovsky, consisting of citizens of Belarus, became part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The regiment includes musicians, IT specialists, mechanics and journalists. In the fall of 2022, the Ministry of Internal Affairs recognized the website and social networks of the regiment and its “structural units” as an “extremist formation.”
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