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  • Investigative Committee Replies to BAJ’s Appeal Regarding Regnum Case

    The Investigative Committee considers that it is too early to hold a press conference concerning the case of three journalists who had written for Regnum. Meanwhile, the agency said not a single word on the “patriots’ case”. This is what arrived in reply to BAJ’s petition filed on May 11.

    “Since the start of the crim­i­nal case against Y. Paulavets, D. Alimkin and S. Shypt­sen­ka, the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee has pro­vid­ed offi­cial infor­ma­tion to dif­fer­ent mass media, includ­ing for­eign mass media, at least five times. Based on the sit­u­a­tion in the crim­i­nal case /…/, it is too ear­ly to hold a media press con­fer­ence,” says the offi­cial reply signed by press offi­cer of the agency Siarhei Kabakovich.

    The BAJ peti­tion was sent to the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee, the KGB and the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­er­al on May 11. BAJ demand­ed to hold a press con­fer­ence for all kinds of mass media and to present offi­cial infor­ma­tion, con­cern­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion into the crim­i­nal cas­es wide­ly dis­cussed late­ly, name­ly the case of “Bely Legion” (the so-called “patri­ots’ case”) and the case of three blog­gers of Reg­num.

    The per­sons involved in the “patri­ots case” have stayed behind bars since March; how­ev­er, none offi­cial infor­ma­tion has been pre­sent­ed for the media of any kind of own­er­ship. There were sev­er­al pub­li­ca­tions in state media, based on the inves­tiga­tive infor­ma­tion. The pub­li­ca­tions were anony­mous and were sub­jec­tive and one-sided. Sim­i­lar cov­er­age was giv­en to three blog­gers who had authored pro-Rus­sia blogs for Reg­num agency: Y. Paulavets, D. Alimkin and S. Shypt­sen­ka have stayed in jail for almost half a year; the offi­cial infor­ma­tion is extreme­ly scarce.

    The replies from the KGB and the Gen­er­al prosecutor’s office are some­where on the way.

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