Belarusian human rights activists: EU to make public the rules of exclusion from the list of visa banned

In late October, the EU amended the list of Belarusian officials subject to visa sanctions.

In its decision, the Council of Europe canceled sanctions inrespect of the assets of businessman  Vladimir Peftiev, close to the regime : OOO «Business Network», ZAO «Systems of investment and innovation», ChUP «Sen-Ko» ChUP «BT Invest» «Tehnosoyuzpribor».

In addition, the EU excluded the following people from the list of the «banned»: Alexander Dranitsa (military prosecutor), Anatoly Dudkin(transport prosecutor), Olga Komar (former judge of Frunzensky district of Minsk), Nicholay Kulik (former prosecutor), Nikolai Kupriyanov (former Deputy Attorney General), Vladimir Kurlovich (former chairman of Minsk oblast election commission), Leonid Luchina (former chairman of Grodno oblast election commission), Nicholay Metselitsa (former chairman of Mogilev oblast election commission), Vladimir Mikhasiov (former chairman of Gomel oblast election commission), Nadezhda Reutskaya (judge of Moscowsky district of Minsk ), Vladimir Rusakevich (former Minister of Information), Evgeny Smirnov (former first deputy chairman of the Supreme Economic Court), Nicholay Trubnikov (former judge of Partyzansky district of Minsk).

At the same time, Alexander Kakunin and Yuri Trutko, head and deputy head of Babruisk correctional colony No 2 where Ales Bialiatski is detained, were added to the list of the «banned».

Human rights activist of the civil campaign Our House Pavel Levinov commented on this.

«In principle, I am not against the fact that some people were removed from the list. After all, if there is a mechanism for inclusion in these lists, there should be a mechanism for exclusion, there should be an exit out of any maze. However, whereas the rules by which people get listed are available, the civil society of Belarus has no idea on what grounds and for what services people were excluded from the list. Therefore, we should just hope that the Europeans finally disclose these requirements and that they are clear and understandable», said the human rights activist noting that public repentance can be one of such grounds.

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