A criminal case was initiated against the head of the independent Union of Poles in Belarus, Andżelika Borys, as well as against other activists, for inciting hatred on the basis of religion and nationality, the prosecutor general in Minsk reported. It is punishable by a prison sentence of 5 to 12 years.
“The General Prosecutor’s Office initiated criminal proceedings against the president of the so-called unregistered Union of Poles and other persons pursuant to Article 130 (3) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (deliberate actions aimed at inciting national and religious hatred and sowing discord on the grounds of national and religious affiliation, as well as the rehabilitation of Nazism) “- stated in the Thursday press release.
“These citizens, positioning themselves as members of the above union, from 2018 to the present, in the city of Grodno and other localities of this oblast, with the participation of minors, organized and conducted a number of illegal mass events in honor of the participants of anti-Soviet criminal formations operating during the Great War Homeland and after its completion, robbing, murdering Belarusian civilians and destroying property. Their activities were aimed at rehabilitating Nazism and justifying the genocide of the Belarusian nation “- reads the message. It has not been informed who, apart from Boris, the charges are against.
Arrests of ZPB activists
The portal of the Union of Poles in Belarus Znadniemna said on Thursday that “on March 25, early in the morning, the militia enters the apartments of ZPB activists!”.
“In Wołkowysk, militiamen came to search the house of Maria Tiszkowska, the president of the local branch of the Union of Poles in Belarus and a member of the Main Board of the Union of Poles in Belarus, and in Grodno, the policemen entered the apartment of Andrzej Poczobut, a member of the Main Board of the Union of Poles in Belarus. Home militia in balaclavas. They do not give calls. “Probably even before taking her phone, Oksana Poczobut managed to give the reason for the invasion of policemen.
This may mean that an investigation was launched against Andrzej Poczobut in connection with his fascination with history, especially the period of World War II and the activities of the Home Army and the Cursed Soldiers, “the portal reported.
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