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Belarus. Wiasna Center: over 50 people detained for comments about the shooting in which an IT specialist and a KGB officer were killed

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More than 50 people have been detained for comments on the storming of an apartment in Minsk, in which an IT specialist and a KGB officer were killed, according to the Belarusian Center for Human Rights Viasna. For several days now, pro-government social networks have been calling for the arrest of those who publish “offensive content” about a killed officer or defend a killed IT employee – Andrej Zelcer.

The Belarusian Center for Human Rights Wiasna established the names of over 50 people detained for comments on Tuesday’s tragedy – during storming an apartment in Minsk an IT specialist and a KGB officer were killed. The detainees are being prosecuted under articles on “insulting a state official” and “inciting hatred”.

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State media portray the incident as terrorism, and the killed officer as a hero. For several days now, pro-government social networks have been calling for the arrest of those who publish “offensive content” about a killed officer or defend a killed IT employee – Andrej Zelcer.

A shot from a recording made available by the KGBReuters

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The tragic end of the attack on the IT specialist’s apartment

Authorities said Tuesday that a man inside the apartment used a hunting rifle and fatally wounded a KGB officer during an attack on an apartment that was carried out as part of a “search for addresses of possible presence of persons associated with terrorism.” He himself was then killed.

Independent media are cautious about the version of the incident disclosed by the authorities, pointing out that on the basis of the video disclosed by pro-government social networks, it is impossible to verify who and in what order was shooting and how exactly the events took place in the apartment at Jakubowski Street in Minsk.

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