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  • Alesin’s Case Suspended through Elimination of a Criminal Article

    On January 25, the media reported that the criminal case against the journalist Aliaksandr Alesin had been suspended. It turned out that probably the case was suspended due to the fact that article 356.1, with which he had been charged (establishing cooperation with special services, security or intelligence services of a foreign state), was eliminated from the Criminal Code by the Law dated January 5, 2016.

    The case was sus­pend­ed, as “it was impos­si­ble to car­ry out inves­ti­gat­ing actions need­ed for mak­ing a deci­sion of com­ple­tion of pre­lim­i­nary inves­ti­ga­tion” (Arti­cle 246 part 1 item 5 of the Code of Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure).

    Ali­ak­san­dr Alesin, jour­nal­ist of Belorusy I Rynok, mil­i­tary affairs ana­lyst, was detained on Novem­ber 25, 2014. Infor­ma­tion about the deten­tion and the place of deten­tion became known to the pub­lic only at the begin­ning of Decem­ber.

    Ini­tial­ly, Alesin had been accused of trea­son (Arti­cle 356 of the Crim­i­nal Code) and coop­er­a­tion with spe­cial ser­vices or intel­li­gence bod­ies of anoth­er state (Arti­cle 356.1).

    On Decem­ber 10, 2014, the jour­nal­ist was released under recog­ni­zance not to leave the coun­try. He said that the charges of trea­son had been dropped; he has been charged only with coop­er­a­tion with for­eign spe­cial ser­vices.

    There had been no inves­ti­gat­ing actions on the case for a long time.

    On Decem­ber 9th, 2015 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of human rights orga­ni­za­tions of Belarus urged the Belaru­sian author­i­ties to stop polit­i­cal­ly moti­vat­ed crim­i­nal cas­es, and the case against Ali­ak­san­dr Alesin, among them.

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