Head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration Pavel Latushko and blogger Anton Motolko reported that their accounts in Belarusian banks have been blocked. This is probably due to their inclusion in the list of persons involved in terrorist activities by the KGB. Later in the day ex-presidential candidate and democratic opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya also reported about the freezing of her account.
Pavel Latushko’s account at MTBank was blocked last morning. “According to my information, this is due to the initiation of a criminal case under Article 289 Part 3 “Act of Terrorism”. A completely absurd and illegal charge. Lawlessness,” Pavel Latushko commented on this in his telegram channel.
Blogger Anton Motolko also said that his accounts at Alfa-Bank and Priorbank were frozen. As Motolko noted, in the morning he still managed to pay tax as an individual entrepreneur for the first quarter.
Since the regime has charged me for terrorism, my bank account has been frozen. I called today a bank’s office in Belarus. The only income transferred to this account lately has been social benefit payments for a child with a disability until turning 18 years old. pic.twitter.com/nsz5vglInS
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) April 5, 2021
Later Svetlana Tikhanovskay reported that her accounts were also blocked. She called Belarusbank to find out the reason. The bank employees said that the account was blocked “as part of the measures to freeze the funds of individuals included in the list of those involved in terrorist actions.”
On 2 April, the State Security Committee has updated the “List of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities.” Eighteen new names were added to the list, among them are Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Pavel Latushko, blogger Anton Motolko and former law enforcers.
The grounds for inclusion in this list were the charges brought under Art. 14 [Attempted Crime] and Art. 289 [Act of terrorism] of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.