The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against one civil servant and four departments of Belarus. This is stated in a message on the website of the American department on Wednesday, December 23.
As noted in the message, the sanctions are imposed for alleged involvement in fraud in the presidential elections in Belarus, held on August 9, and the subsequent violent suppression of peaceful protests.
“The Belarusian people are constantly striving for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental democratic rights, and the state is constantly responding to this with brutal repression,” said US Treasury Chief Steven Mnuchin.
The sanctions were adopted against the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, and the Chief of the Criminal Police Gennady Kazakevich, as well as against the riot police of Minsk and the Alpha unit.
As a result of the restrictions, all property and interests in the property of the aforementioned persons that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons will be blocked. In addition, any objects that are directly or indirectly owned by 50% or more to one or more blocked persons are also subject to freezing.
Also, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, against 39 persons “involved in undermining democracy”, visa restrictions will be introduced.
On December 17, the European Union introduced the third package of sanctions against Belarus. Restrictions were introduced against the administration of the President of Belarus, the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant, JSC 140 Repair Plant, Beltechexport, Sinezis, and Dana holdings. European businesses are prohibited from dealing with them.
Earlier, the EU has already introduced two packages of sanctions against Belarus. The first package was introduced on October 2, the second on November 6.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, received 80.1% of the vote, massive opposition protests began in the country, which continue to this day.