“Teddy bear drop” case closed


First Deputy Head of the KGB Ihar Syarheenka has informed this to the journalists on Friday. Still, he refused to comment on the results of the investigation or the destiny of the people mentioned in the case, informs interfax.by.

Euroradio reminds, on July 4, 2012 a light-motor civil plane with two Swedish pilots flew from the territory of Lithuania and dropped teddy bears urging for freedom of word over Minsk and Ivyanets. The Belarusian KGB started a criminal case upon the fact of the illegal border crossing. Two Belarusians – photographer and BAJ member Anton Surapin and real estate agent Syarhei Basharymau – were arrested. Later, they were released under a non-leave obligation.

Anton Surapin was the first to publish the pictures of the bears dropped by the Swedes on the Internet. He spent more than a month in the KGB prison and was accused of helping the Swedes. Today his current status is still unknown.

The Belarusian state leader discharged head of the Frontier Committee Ihar Rachkouski and Commander of the Air Forces and Air Defense Forces Dzmitry Pakhmelkin, for this incident. The frontier guard who failed to inform the state border crossing was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a reinforced-security colony.

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