The US administration is imposing sanctions against eight high-ranking officials of the Belarusian authorities, according to a press release from the US Treasury Department released on Friday. “The Belarusian authorities met the striving of the Belarusian people for democracy in choosing their leader and peaceful realization of their rights with violence and oppression,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “The United States and our international partners are jointly advocating that those who have been undermining the democracy of Belarus for years pay for it,” Mnuchin added.
In total, eight people were sanctioned, and in particular, among them – the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Yuri Karaev, the deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus and the commander of the internal troops Yuri Nazarenko, the deputy commander of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Khazalbek Atabekov, the commander of the Minsk OMON Dmitry Balaba. In addition, the sanctions list includes Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Chief of the Public Security Police Alexander Barsukov, Chief of the Municipal Department of Internal Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee Ivan Kubrakov, Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission Vadim Ipatov and CEC Secretary Elena Dmukhaylo.
According to the US Treasury Department, in accordance with the sanctions, all property and property interests of the aforementioned persons and organizations, which are directly or indirectly owned by any of them, which are in the United States or under US control, are blocked. The ministry notes that Washington's actions were taken “in coordination with international partners – the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union in order to demonstrate the solidarity of the international community in supporting the Belarusian people (opposing) deceitful and brutal actions by the government of Belarus.”
Earlier on Friday, the EU Council approved additional individual sanctions against Belarusian officials. A total of 40 people are included in the sanctions list, including the above persons. The appendix to the EU Council resolution published in the “Official Journal” of the European Union also lists, in particular, the head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina, SOBR commander Alexander Bykov and members of other internal troops of Belarus.
On September 29, the UK and Canada imposed sanctions on Belarusian officials. At the same time, President of the country Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor fell under their sanctions.