The State Security Committee of Belarus has drawn line in searching and identifying those, who triggered pogroms on December 19, 2010 in Minsk and took an active part in them. As reported by the Centre of Information and Public Relations of the KGB, "the most active participants in the riots, Matsukevich V.A., Sherstov A.A. and Huseltsev D.V. (all born in 1987)" were detained on March 21.
«At present investigation has irrefutable evidence, including testimony of witnesses and defendants, photo and video materials, indicating that these individuals were among the first to call on people to storm the administration building of Government House,» said the KGB.
Thus, it has been confirmed that, March 21, two young men were detained together Sherstov Aleksei, a 23-year-old student of the fifth year. They are Vitali Matsukevich and Huseltsev D.V. (the name of the latter was previously unknown).
As noted in the Committee of State Security, the image «of these very persons, calling on the crowd to smash Government House, has often been demonstrated in opposition internet resources, claiming that they are the very «provocateurs from law enforcement agents.»
Rumors of Provocation of Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officials are Groundless, KGB
«Given the testimony of all the defendants in the case of the riots, it can be argued that the rumors about the alleged incitement to pogroms and rioting by members of the intelligence and law enforcement officials are groundless,» summed up in the KGB.
As Telegraf previously reported, March 25, former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov was charged with organizing mass riots on December 19 in Minsk by Investigation Department of preliminary investigation of Minsk police.
In general, Minsk court has already issued seven sentences on the case of December 19. Four defendants in criminal cases have been sentenced to prison on different terms, two — have been fined, one has been sentenced to imprisonment in the open type institution.
March 22, 2011, 38 people were charged with rioting, 25 of them are in custody, awaiting trial, 2 — under house arrest, 10 — under travel restrictions. 12 men are considered to be suspects, 2 of which are outside the country, while the majority is under travel restrictions. 4 defendants were sentenced to imprisonment; another 2 were fined and one defendant was sentenced in the open type detention center.