Lithuania blacklists Lukashenko, his son, Belarus' interior, election officials

  • 2020-08-31
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania has banned entry to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor, the neighboring country's interior minister and his deputies, and members of the Central Election Commission. 

The Migration Department on Monday published a list of 30 Belarusian officials subject to national sanctions. 

The list includes Belarus' authoritarian leader and his son Viktor Lukashenko, the president's national security advisor; Igor Sergeyenko, the head of the president's administration; Interior Minister Yuri Karayev and Deputy Ministers Gennady Kazakevich, Sergei Khomenko and Alexander Barsukov; Valery Vakulchik, the head of the State Security Committee (KGB), and his deputy Sergei Terebov; Ivan Tertel, the chairman of the State Control Committee; Yuri Nazarenko, the commander of the Internal Troops; and Prosecutor General Alexander Konyuk.

Ivan Kubrakov, one of Minsk's police chiefs, Irina Tselikovets, a Justice Ministry employee, and Ivan Noskevich, the chairman of the Investigative Committee, are also among those subject to sanctions. 

All members of the Central Election Commission were blacklisted, too.

In a coordinated move on Monday, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia announced national sanctions against Belarusian officials for their roles in alleged vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters.  

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said it was the first step in response to the developments in Belarus, adding that the list might be expanded in the near future.

The new sanctions are aimed at punishing the Lukashenko regime for rigging the results of the August 9 presidential election and using violence against peaceful protesters.

The first demonstrations against the election fraud were met with a police crackdown that saw around 7,000 people detained. Some of them said they had been brutally beaten in police custody. Several people died.