Man detained in Belarus for broadcasts of military aircraft flights near Minsk

Man detained in Belarus for broadcasts of military aircraft flights near Minsk
# 05 April 2023 04:34 (UTC +04:00)

Belarusian law enforcement has detained a man who had been broadcasting online flights of military aircraft from the Machulishchy military airfield near Minsk for administrators of a Telegram channel deemed extremist in the republic, APA reports citing Belarusian media.

According to the ONT broadcaster, IT specialist Dmitry Mostovoy, a participant in protests against the results of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, had offered to one of the Telegram channels to leak information.

According to the report, the men had written to the Telegram channel, which monitors military activity in Belarus and is controlled by representatives of the opposition that fled the republic, and offered them to provide an access to a real-time webcam that he could install at his house to monitor the Machulishchy military airfield in the vicinity of Minsk.

The men had been broadcasting from a spot where military aircraft land and take off for two weeks from late January to early February, the report said. Specialists of the Belarusian State Security Committee took control of a chatbot of the Telegram channel, the report added.

According to the broadcaster, the man had been detained when he was collecting money as a reward for his work and a new webcam from a cache in a forest near Minsk. The broadcaster also showed a message from the channel's administrators praising Mostovoy's idea to broadcast the airfield on behalf of Ukrainian military intelligence but pointed out the advisability of installing a better camera that provides a clearer image to be able to identify types of aircraft more accurately.

The man is currently being held in a pre-trial detention center on the charges of state treason and facilitation of extremism.

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