LPR willing to assist Belarus in investigation against Protasevich


The Lugansk People’s Republic Prosecutor General’s Office is ready to assist Belorussian authorities in the investigation into Roman Protasevich who earlier was detained in Minsk on suspicion of extremist activities, LPR PGO spokeswoman Inna Semyonova said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

LPR has launched a criminal investigation against Protasevich on suspicion of crimes against Donbass civilians he committed as part of Ukrainian armed formations.

"LPR investigative authorities are ready to provide the information they possess and legal aid to the Belorussian authorities on the investigation of Roman Protasevich," Semyonova said.

Protasevich founded the Nexta Telegram channel, which was recognized as extremist in Belarus. Together with his girlfriend Sofia Sapega, he was detained at the Minsk Airport during document check on May 23. Criminal proceedings against Protasevich were opened on several counts including organisation of riots. Earlier, Protasevich alleged that he took part in the Donbass war in 2014-2015 as a journalist. However, some of his photos show him in military uniform with weapons in hands together with gunmen of Ukraine’s nationalistic battalion Azov. *t

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