22 January 2018, Monday, 1:37

Trial of Dankoff Club owner to begin on September 18

The trial will be presided over by Judge Natallya Kuznyatsova and held behild closed doors, the source said.

The criminal case against Yury Dankaw (Shytsik), the owner of Dankoff Club, an elite entertainment center in Minsk, is to begin being heard in the Maskowski District Court in the Belarusian capital city on September 18, according to a source at the court.

Mr. Dankaw, who has been in custody since his arrest on September 4, 2012, stands accused of seven criminal offenses, including large-scale tax evasion, the use of prostitution to make a profit, recruitment for prostitution, the production and distribution of pornographic material, and forgery.

Mr. Dankaw allegedly caused 918.1 million rubels ($103,000) worth of damage to the state by evading taxes between January 2007 and September 2012. He is accused of running a brothel in Dankoff Club in 2011 and 2012, advertising pornographic material and screening a pornographic movie in public.

Criminal proceedings were also instituted against the art director and the administrator of Dankoff Club.

The two men allegedly provided rooms in Dankoff Club for sexual encounters and used prostitution to make a profit.

Mr. Dankaw, a former member of the Minsk City Soviet (Council), was a candidate in House of Representatives elections in 2000 and sought to run in a presidential election in 2001 but failed to collect the required 100,000 ballot-access signatures.