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A BMZ employee will be tried for "inciting social hatred"

Dzmitry Shcharbina, an employee of the OJSC Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ), who was promised to be released after his arrest, will be tried under the criminal law.

Photo from social networks
Photo from social networks

February 16, he was charged under Article 130 of the Criminal Code "Incitement of racial, national, religious or other social enmity or discord. The maximum penalty for this article is up to five years in prison.

As previously reported in the media, Dmitry Shcharbina was detained in October 2023, and then published a video with his participation. An anonymous KGB-linked telegram channel accused him of participating in protests at the plant in 2020. At the time, they said the prosecution had been stopped:

"After a frank conversation with law enforcement officials and a clear assessment of his actions, he can live and work in peace. So the police use not only forceful methods, but also heart-to-heart talks. No one is overreacting.

However, after his arrest, Dmitry did not appear in social networks for a long time, which raised doubts about his release. According to the resource Dissidentby, Dmitry is 29 years old, he has three children.

The trial will be conducted by judge Vadzim Bobyrau.

Source: Flagshtok

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