The KGB of Belarus has included the authors of the NEXTA Telegram channel in the list of persons involved in terrorist activities.
The KGB added Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich to the list of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities. An interesting fact, the rest individuals on the list are terrorists from international lists. Recall that Stepan Putilo is the founder of the popular Telegram channel, which was recently declared extremist by a court decision. Roman Protasevich was its chief editor.
“From now on, publishing or posting, including by reposting, information with NEXTA or with NEXTA-Live logo entails administrative responsibility for the distribution, production, storage, transportation of information products containing calls for extremist activities or promoting such activities […],” the statement on the Supreme Court’s website reads.
In early November, the press service of the Investigative Committee reported that it has been investigating the criminal case on riots and other violations of public order that took place in Minsk from 9 August to the present. An order in respect of Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich as accused of organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order was issued.
“In addition, a criminal case has been initiated against these persons under Part 3 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code of Belarus in connection with deliberate actions aimed at inciting social hostility based on occupational categories, relating to two professional social groups – persons in positions of authority and law enforcement officers, from August to September of this year through the telegram channels created and managed by them,” the statement reads.
At the moment, Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich are on the interstate wanted list.