On August 2nd, the Russian outlet Regnum published the electronic tickets of the Russians detained by Belarusian authorities and accused of plotting to carry out a terror attack.
According to the outlet, it received the digital tickets from its undisclosed sources.
On August 1st, it was announced that the Russians detained near Minsk had been taken into custody.
This was stated by the head of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich:
“33 citizens of the Russian Federation were recognized as suspects in this criminal case, and they were detained. On July 31, the investigation elected and sanctioned a preventive measure in the form of detention by the prosecutor. “
The reason for the suspicions of the Belarusian security officials in relation to the Russians was that they allegedly had more than enough time to fly to Istanbul after arriving in Minsk (as such they shouldn’t have remained in Minsk at all), and their rooms in the hotel and sanatorium “Belorusochka” were booked in advance.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also alleged that the accused Russians had no evidence that they were simply in transit through Belarus:
“Many facts (which I was told of) are interesting. I see that our older brothers also fell silent. They no longer shout that they sent these guys to Istanbul. There was no Istanbul and could not be, as it turned out in reality,” Lukashenko said.
However, there appears to be evidence, as they have tickets – they were to fly from Minsk to Istanbul on July 25th, and then from Istanbul back to Moscow on October 19th.
This almost entirely proves the version that the mercenaries were to be deployed to locations in the Middle East and/or Africa, since Turkey is a very common midway point for that.
All of the tickets can be found here. [pdf]
Moreover, every user can visit the website of Turkish Airlines and see tickets confirming their return flight from Istanbul. Screenshots can be found here. [pdf]
The Russians were obviously traveling in transit through Belarus. This fact is undeniable.
Why did Minsk need to organize such a circus on the eve of the presidential elections? The answer is obvious: to find a non-existent enemy, to scare everyone – both the West and the people – and under the pretext of an imaginary and prove that Lukashenko and co. must be doing something “right” if the “evil Russians” are targeting them.
This points to the desperate situation Lukashenko is, leading up to the election. There is no doubt that Russian is Belarus’ closest ally, and carrying out a provocation such as this is a very showing symptom.
Lukashenko has even gone as far as to say that he is willing to give over the Russian detainees to Ukraine.
Unfortunately, we see that the authorities of Belarus themselves, with their own hands, are preparing this Maidan and have already created all the conditions for it. The only one who can still save Lukashenko from an internal coup that is already under way is Moscow. Sadly, it would appear that the Belarusian president didn’t draw any conclusions of what transpired in Ukraine.
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