Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s Telegram channel was recognized as “extremist” in Belarus. She has over 100 thousand subscribers

The telegram channel of the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was declared “extremist”. This was reported by the GUBOP telegram channel, which is considered the unofficial channel of the  GUBOPiK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs .

The decision to recognize Tikhanovskaya’s channel as “extremist” was made by the court of the Tsentralny district of Minsk based on the materials of the GUBOPiK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Telegram channel writes.

More than 100 thousand people have subscribed to the Tikhanovskaya channel. So far, she has not been included in the Republican list of extremist materials, notes .

On October 13, the GUBOP telegram channel, without referring to sources, reported that Belarus introduced criminal liability for subscribers of telegram channels and chats recognized as “extremist”. They face up to seven years in prison.

Such a measure, the Telegram channel reported, is provided for by a new government decree “On measures to counter extremism and the rehabilitation of Nazism.” At the time of posting, the document had not been published. On October 14, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus confirmed that such a resolution had been adopted.

As “Mediazona” clarifies , the resolution of the Council of Ministers refers to “extremist formations”, but does not mention criminal liability for subscribing to Telegram channels recognized as “extremist”. The publication calls the document technical, since it defines how the Ministry of Internal Affairs will maintain a “list of those involved in extremism.”

More than 100 telegram channels have been declared “extremist” in Belarus . Most of them write about politics and criticize the activities of Alexander Lukashenko. After the publication of the GUBOP, the number of subscribers of the largest Belarusian opposition channel Nexta Live decreased from 989 to 957 thousand.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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