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Nexta founders put on terrorists list

19.11.2020, 15:33

The State Security Committee of Belarus entered the founders of the NEXTA Telegram Channel to the list of persons involved in terrorist activities, along with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s leaders and other international terrorists.

An updated version of the List of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities has been published on the website of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus, according to Public broadcaster.

The last names in this list are Putil Stepan Oleksandrovych and Protasevych Roman Dmytrovych. Stepan Putylo was the founder of one of the most popular telegram channels in Belarus, Nexta, which actively covers the protests against Alexander Lukashenko. Roman Protasevych was the editor-in-chief of Nexta for a long time.

Along with the names of Belarusian activists, the KGB list includes terrorists declared internationally wanted by the United Nations: Amir Muhammad Saeed Abdel-Rahman al-Maul, one of the founders of ISIS, Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden and others.

As IMI reported, on November 16, Belarus sent a note to the Polish side demanding immediate extradition of Stepan Putyl and Roman Protasevich. 

On November 5, the Investigative Committee of Belarus accused Stepan Putylo and Roman Protasevich of organizing mass riots in Belarus. 

On October 20, the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk found the Nexta Live telegram channel and the Nexta logo to be extremist. 

The telegram channel Nexta Live, which covers the protests in Belarus  has been renamed as "HEXTA-Live", after a Minsk court recognized his logo as "extremist stuff."

On August 14, it became known that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus had opened proceedings against the founder of the opposition telegram channels Nekhta and Nekhta Live, Stepan Putylo and declared him wanted. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Putyla is accused of organizing mass riots.

In August, Russia's Interior Ministry put Stepan Putilo, the founder of the Nexta Telegram channel on a wanted list.

The telegram channel Nexta Live, despite the shutdown of the Internet, became the main source of information about the protests in Belarus.

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