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In Belarus, opened a criminal case for the repost in “VKontakte”

According to an article similar to Art. 282 of the Criminal Code.

In Mogilev, a 33-year-old local resident, whose name is not called, is currently investigating a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – “Incitement of racial, national or religious hatred or enmity” (the maximum penalty is five years in prison, as in the case of art. 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). About this writes the publication “Mogilev Vedomosti” with reference to the representative of the local police department Elena Simonova.

According to her, a local resident “found video files and graphic images that contained propaganda scenes and calls for hostile actions against a group of people based on racial, national, religious and linguistic affiliation”, and then posted them on his VKontakte . In this case, law enforcement agencies believe that the man did it intentionally.

By this action, the Mogilev citizen publicly demonstrated and provided the specified files for public viewing and copying in open access on a personal page, thereby drawing attention to the formation and maintenance of interests of an unspecified number of people on this topic, and after that kept video files and images until they were discovered and discovered by law enforcement officers. organs.

from the message of the official representative of the Leninsky district police department of Mogilev

It is also noted that the Mogilev citizen had previously repeatedly been brought to administrative and criminal responsibility for hooliganism, and was not at work at the time of the crime.

Earlier, Belarusian human rights activists have already reported about the likely initiation of a criminal case against a journalist and musician from Grodno Alexander Denisov for a repost two years ago, but later it turned out that this is still an administrative process. Thus, the case initiated in Mogilev for repost can become the first of its kind in Belarus.

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