Prosecutor General’s Office Wants Pavel Latushko On International Wanted List

The Prosecutor General’s Office has initiated an international search process for Pavel Latushko. The agency sent the corresponding package of documents to Interpol, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

The Prosecutor General’s Office explained that remand in custody was chosen as the measure of restraint against Head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration Pavel Latushko with a procurator’s approval.

Head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration Pavel Latushko

He was charged with committing crimes under part 1 of article 357 [Conspiracy or other actions committed with the aim of seizing or retaining state power in an unconstitutional way], part 1 of article 361-1, part 3 of article 361 [Public calls for the seizure of state power using the media or the internet] of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.

The General Prosecutor’s Office has reportedly sent documents necessary to the National Central Bureau of Interpol in the Republic of Belarus to place Pavel Latushko on the international wanted list.

Recall that earlier ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was put on a wanted list in Belarus and in Russia. In Belarus, Tikhanovskaya is accused of inciting actions that threaten national security and aim at a seizure of power. Another ex-presidential hopeful Valery Tsepkalo is also on the wanted list of both countries.

Pavel Latushko was the Ambassador of Belarus to Poland in 2002-2008, then he served as Minister of Culture for three years. In 2012 he returned to the diplomatic service and became ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal. In January 2019, he was dismissed from the post of ambassador and became director of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater.

In August 2020, he was fired after supporting protesters who disagreed with the results of the presidential election. Later Latushko joined the Coordination Council, Alexander Lukashenko said that the ex-director of Kupalovsky “crossed the red line” and “will answer according to the law.” In September last year, Alexander Lukashenko stripped Pavel Latushko of the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. A few weeks before that, Pavel Latushko had to leave Belarus.