Vital Rymasheuski: No rehabilitation for resigned henchmen
12:25, — Politics
Lifting the EU sanctions from accomplices to the Lukashenka regime is a mistake.
Vital Rymasheuski, a co-head of the organising committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD), spoke to charter97.org about lifting the EU sanctions from certain Belarusian officials.
“I think it is a political mistake, because it means that retired or resigned henchmen are rehabilitated. Actually, it is a positive signal for those involved in repression, because they know they won't be punished. They organise repression and rig election today earning bonuses from the dictatorial regime, but they can count on absence of punishment from democratic countries after retirement or resignation,” the politician thinks.
The BCD co-head is confident that lifting sanctions from Lukashenka's henchmen is a negative signal for the democratic community.
“It shows that those struggling and serving jail terms or those fired for political reasons have no protection. I regret to predict that it is only the first stage of reducing the blacklist. I know for sure that Belarusian oligarchs and other people apply efforts to be deleted from the blacklist. I suppose sanctions can be lifted from them if this policy continues,” Vital Rymasheuski said.
We remind that the European Union yesterday extended sanctions against official Minsk for a year. The list of persons and entities banned from entering the EU and subject to a freeze of the assets in Europe was updated. The EU sanctions are imposed on 232 persons and 25 entities. Earlier, the blacklist included 30 companies and 242 officials and oligarchs.
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