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KGB Equated Trade Union Leaders with Terrorists

The State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus has put two Belarusian trade union leaders on the list of persons involved in terrorist activities, according to an update on the website of the agency.

KGB Equated Trade Union Leaders with Terrorists

The "terrorist list" includes Aliaksandr Mishuk, vice chairman of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union and head of the primary organization of the BNP at Belaruskali, and Artsiom Zharnak, chairman of the primary organization of the Free Trade Union of Metalworkers at MAZ.

Now the "terrorist" list contains 1011 names, 264 of which are citizens of Belarus. The list includes Sviatlana Tikhanouskaya, Pavel Latushka, Maria Kalesnikava, Maksim Znak and other opposition leaders.

Aliaksandr Mishuk was sentenced to two and a half years in a penal colony. The official accusation was based on part 1 of article 361 of the Criminal Code (Calls to restrictive measures (sanctions), other actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus).

SPM activist Artsiom Zharnak was convicted under a similar article and was also put on the list. Therefore, in the near future the list of terrorists will most likely include the rest of the trade union leaders who were convicted under a similar article: Aliaksandr Yarashuk, Hennadz Fiadynich, Vasil Berasneu, Vatslau Areshka and possibly Andrei Khanevich.


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