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Detained in Belarus Russians interrogated with the participation of lawyers

Detained in Belarus Russians interrogated with the participation of lawyers, their testimony is inconsistent and different, said the head of the investigative group Alexander Agafonov.

The Belarusian authorities announced on July 29 on the arrest of 33 Russian citizens. Concerning them 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."

"The obvious is that with an organized preparation to commit a crime criminals are prepared his alibi. A similar situation occurred with the arrest of 33 Russian citizens, who were on hand tickets for the flight on July 25 in Istanbul of the Turkish Republic, however, as clarified by the result, to go there they had not intended," - said Agafonov in an interview to the Belarusian state TV channel ONT.

The Russian foreign Ministry, commenting on the incident, said earlier 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. 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.

Agafonov in the air ONT said that "the group was organized and managed by military standards, in WhatsApp messenger group was created... with the designated purpose for the management of the personnel". "The members of the group were all 33 of the detained person involved. All detainees interrogated with defenders. Their testimony is inconsistent, and the purpose of stay in the Republic of Belarus are contradictory," said the investigator.

He said that, according to these readings, 11 people were planning to fly to Venezuela, 15 in Turkey, two in Cuba, one in Syria, one "does not know where the flies", three from testimony refused.

The Deputy chief of Department on service of passengers service airlines airport Minsk Svetlana Simicevic in the plot of the TV channel told that the 33 the Russians did not check in for the flight to Istanbul, landing was not, the plane took off late. The story also States that subsequent flights to Istanbul tickets the Russians allegedly did not buy, and in the Minsk hotel rooms all were booked for another six hours before entry to Belarus.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on Friday said that with high confidence we can say that the detainees in Belarus, the Russians are employees of chop, was in transit and missed the flight. The detainees, according to Peskov, did not commit illegal actions, and Russia does not interfere and does not interfere in the internal Affairs of Belarus. Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of the security Council, as was said Sands, expect a speedy clarification of all circumstances of detention of the Russians and their release.