Belarus Watch Briefing. Issue #11

The European Values Center for Security Policy (Prague) and Internews Ukraine (Kyiv) prepared the eleventh issue of the monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus.

Recent policy developments

Bellingcat on the death of Belarusian activist Vital Shishov: FSB agents infiltrated into the Belarusian opposition structures in Ukraine

On August 2, Vital Shishov, head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine, went missing. Later he was found dead in the park near his home in Kyiv. Ukrainian police launched an investigation, examining among other versions a murder masked as a suicide. Several weeks before his death, Shishov raised concerns that he was stalked by alleged agents of the Belarusian special services.

According to Christo Grozev, head of investigations at Bellingcat, there is evidence that the  FSB agents infiltrated the Belarusian opposition groups in Ukraine. Grozev also added that Bellingcat will dedicate all its resources to investigate the death of Vital Shishov.

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