Sands: the detained in Minsk Russians had not acted illegally

Detainees in Belarus, the Russians did not commit illegal acts, had all the necessary documents, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

"They were carrying nothing illegal and have not committed any illegal acts. Here is what we know for sure," said Sands.

He also noted that the detainees had tickets to Istanbul, these people are employees of a private security company.

The Belarusian authorities announced on July 29 on the arrest of 33 Russian citizens. Against the Russians was a criminal case under article "preparation of a terrorist act" and thereby, according to various estimates, could face up to 20 years in prison. Later, the investigative Committee of Belarus reported that detainees are suspected of preparing mass riots in the Republic. Thus, according to intelligence services, previously information was received of the arrival in Belarus ", more than 200 militants to destabilize the situation during the election campaign."

Moscow said that Russian citizens are not involved in internal political processes in the Republic. The Russian foreign Ministry said that the group arrested in Belarus Russians was in transit through Minsk to Istanbul, having on hand all necessary documents, including tickets and logistics was provided by the Belarusian company. In Moscow said that the authorities of Belarus have all the necessary documents to establish the truth. The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that odious interpretation of the Belarusian party of detention of Russians do not stand up to scrutiny, and called for an end to whipping up unnecessary negative emotions. The foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation also has demanded immediately to ensure access of consular officials to detainees in Belarus to citizens of the Russian Federation.