UK And Canada Sanction Lukashenko, His Son And Security Leadership

On Tuesday, 29 September, the UK and Canada have sanctioned eight members of the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko for human rights violations in Belarus after the rigged presidential election, the British Foreign Office reports.

The new sanctions include a travel ban and asset freeze on eight individuals from the Belarusian regime, including:

  1. Alexander Lukashenko – President
  2. Viktor Lukashenko – son and National Security Adviser to the President of Belarus
  3. Igor Petrovich Sergeenko – Chief of Staff to the President of Belarus,
  4. Yuri Karayev (Minister of Internal Affairs, Major General of Militia),
  5. Alexander Barsukov (Deputy Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Chief of Public Security Police),
  6. Yuri Nazarenko (Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Commander of Internal Troops),
  7. Khazalbek Atabekov (Deputy Commander of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs)
  8. Dmitry Balaba (Commander of the Special Purpose Police Unit of Minsk aka OMON).

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Today the UK and Canada have sent a clear message by imposing sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s violent and fraudulent regime. We don’t accept the results of this rigged election. We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account and we will stand up for our values of democracy and human rights.”

Recall that the UK did not accept the results of the Belarusian presidential election.

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“The world has watched with horror at the violence used by the Belarusian authorities to suppress the peaceful protests that followed this fraudulent Presidential election. The UK does not accept the results. We urgently need an independent investigation through the OSCE into the flaws that rendered the election unfair, as well as the grisly repression that followed. The UK will work with our international partners to sanction those responsible, and hold the Belarusian authorities to account,” Raab said on 17 August.