Viktor Babaryko, the main challenger of the Belarusian incumbent Lukashenko has been sentenced to imprisonment in a prison camp. He is accused of corruption.
According to his supporters, the Belarusian opposition activist Viktor Babaryko has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. He had to serve his sentence in a high-security prison camp, his supporters announced on the 57-year-old’s Twitter account on Tuesday. The public prosecutor’s office had accused the former head of Belgazprombank of accepting bribes, among other things.
Babaryko himself had denied any wrongdoing. The US embassy in Minsk sharply criticized the verdict.
Babaryko ran for the presidential election in Belarus last year and was considered the most important challenger to incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. He was arrested a few weeks before the vote.
Babaryko’s arrest led several camps of government critics to band together and support the candidacy of Svetlana Tichanovskaya, who is now in exile. The election in August, overshadowed by massive allegations of fraud, won, according to the election commission, Lukashenko, mass protests against him were brutally suppressed by the security forces.