October 18, 2021

In Belarus, subscribers to “extremist” telegram channels could face up to seven years in prison.

In Belarus, subscribers of telegram channels, which authorities have described as “extremists”, will be tried for extremism, the main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime’s telegram channel said. Publishes).

The Belarussian government passed the resolution on October 12. The document makes it possible to recognize “unregistered groups of citizens who engage in extremist activities, including messengers and social networks” as extremists.

Equal to the maximum penalty under the relevant article. Seven years in prison

In Belarus, more than 100 telegram channels are recognized as “extremist.” Most of them publish material on political issues and criticize the activities of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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