There are people in Belarus who are ready to testify about the high-sounding disappearances.
A person who has information about the high-sounding disappearances of past years and is ready to cooperate with the investigation is not going to be listened to by either the General Prosecutor’s Office or the Investigative Committee.
A couple of weeks ago he went to the editorial office of Narodnaya Volya, journalist Maryna Koktysh writes:
He does not hide his name. He says that he worked as a senior operating officer of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Vileika District Department of Internal Affairs, and has the rank of major.
"I know that a number of officers of the State Security Committee of the Minsk region who were engaged in wiretapping are involved in disappearances of Yury Zakharanka, Anatol Krasouski, Viktar Hanchar and Zmitser Zavadski", Mikhail Mikhailavich says in a calm voice. - I received this information from a reliable source who used to work in the structure, and he knows the system well and is ready to give evidence if his information is of interest to someone... This person is not ready to communicate with journalists, but does not mind to cooperate with investigators.
On the eve of disappearances, everyone was tapped: Zakharanka, Hanchar, Krasouski, Zavadski... Some of those who have something to do with the killing of these people are now dismissed. I don't know how to find them. And I know that these people have something to tell about. Not all of them, of course, but some are ready to talk; I know it for sure...
Those people who were engaged in wiretapping and have relevant, in my opinion, information for the investigation, have never been interrogated. By the way, they worked with wireless wiretapping."
Aliaksandr did not immediately come to the Narodnaya Volya. Before that, he managed to visit the Lukashenka Administration and even the General Prosecutor's Office.
"I applied to the Presidential Administration to some extent to secure myself," he says. - I wrote that I had some information about high-sounding disappearances, I knew the information about those who had been involved in these kidnappings. My letters were readdressed to the General Prosecutor's Office. I did not get any response to my first statement. When I addressed for the second time and said that I was ready to publish this information, I was recommended to write a second appeal.
The other day I called the General Prosecutor's Office to learn the fate of my second message. I was told that it was sent to supervisory proceedings, like the first paper. I was not invited to interrogations, or a talk. Although I hoped that the information would be of interest to law enforcement agencies, but alas...
When I realized that it was hard to go to the authorities, I decided to contact the relatives of the missing. I had the phone conversation with Svyatlana Zavadskaya, then I turned to Zinaida Aliaksandrauna Hanchar...
Why did I become interested in the missing issue? We were neighbors with Yury Mikalayevich - my grandmother's village was about five kilometers from his mother's house, I knew him... "
He says that he left the police because of a misdemeanor.
"I retired in the late 90s," Aliaksandr says. - I was held liable for fraud, I spent a year in a correctional facility. Now my conviction is removed from official records. I am not recorded in a psychoneurological dispensary, I can even bring a certificate, if necessary..."
At the end of September, the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Ivan Naskevich, said at the training and methodological seminar on the investigation of crimes of past years: "Investigation of such crimes is one of the priorities of the department. To establish the truth even after years is a matter of honor for us, law enforcement officers."
But there is a real person who owns some information on resonant cases of past years, but investigators do not care about him.
I specifically specified in the General Prosecutor's Office: is the appeal of Aliaksandr really connected with high-sounding disappearances? And I received an affirmative answer.
Why was Aliaksandr's appeal not thoroughly looked through or sent to the Investigative Committee?
It turned out that Aliaksandr is not a participant in the criminal process, he is just a person who is supposedly aware of something.
And what if it turns out that this person can really provide the investigation with some important information, which, if it does not bring them closer to the final, then at least help to fold the missing fragment of the puzzle.
And what if exactly the same message is written by a man who witnessed what had happened to Krasouski and Hanchar - well, just stood behind a tree, sat in a parked car and watched, remained silent for many years and now has decided to speak up. It may happen! Does it turn out that investigators are not interested in the testimonies of those who are not party to the criminal process?
Then I wonder why they are not interested.
Is there a strict order to drop these criminal cases?
Or maybe the investigators still know for sure how and what actually happened, they know everyone who was involved, and therefore unreliable information not related to resonant disappearances is immediately neglected so that the case materials were not filled with unnecessary information?
Why can't they state it directly? Why do they say about an allegedly ongoing investigation?
Or here is another vivid example.
The case of cameraman Zmitser Zavadski, who gone missing more than 17 years ago, was suspended ten years ago.
"All this time only the so-called search activities are being conducted," the widow of Zmitser Svyatlana says. - And they are conducted not by the Prosecutor Office, not by investigation, but by police officers. It turns out that in the period when the case is suspended, something must happen that would allow them to resume the case. But over all these years they have not found any grounds to reopen the case!"
Although the reason for it or even a check was given by Svyatlana herself! Several years ago, in one of her interviews she told me that a man who served in military unit 3214 found her and, judging by his words, he himself took part in one of operations to kill people.
"At that time this guy was on the run and claimed that he had been involved in such an operation in 2007," Svyatlana said. - "The Death Squadron" functioned all the time, but not all the kidnapped and killed were politicians or journalists. By the way, even after the first disappearances, the national media announced statistics on gone missing - it sounded like a lot of people disappeared without a trace. That man said that three more people were buried in the already existing graves."
Do you think that after this interview of Svyatlana Zavadskaya the investigator Yury Varauko who runs cases of high-sounding disappearances, or his assistants addressed to her and asked how to contact that person? No. Nothing! As if there was no interview. It looks as if the Investigative Committee does not follow publications in the media on the topic, sees nothing and does not hear anything!
But at the same time, it should be noted that every three months it reports on some operational and investigative actions are being carried out, the investigation continues; for example, Yury Zakharenka's mother and relatives of Anatol Krasouski regularly receive such a response.
In due time, cases of scandalous missings were under a personal control of Lukashenka; one of former Ministers of Internal Affairs, Uladzimir Naumau, repeatedly stated that. There is a rhetorical question. And who is not report Lukashenka on investigation of such cases? And whether there is any...
Has anyone heard how the current Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich expresses his opinion about the investigation regarding his colleague and predecessor as the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Yury Zakharanka? Or the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Ivan Naskevich. After all, he has not said a word about Zakharanka, Hanchar and other resonant disappearances since the above-mentioned seminar on the investigation of cases of past years!
Generals avoid the topic in every way possible!
When being the deputy, General Valery Fralou (rest in peace!) offered the "House of Representatives" to create a special parliamentary commission to study the circumstances of the high-sounding disappearances. The Hose did not accept initiative, but supported the deputy's request for the former Prosecutor General Viktar Sheiman. The answer, of course, was quite formal - it was difficult to get something different from the person whose name also appeared in the materials of the criminal case. However, human rights activists say that there were some curious moments in that document ...
Now there is another Prosecutor General in Belarus. Perhaps not very brave, shy and extremely cautious both in his actions and in statements. Will there be those deputies who take the liberty to initiate, if not parliamentary hearings over the high-sounding disappearances of past years, but at least a deputy's request, for Aliaksandr Kanyuk? After all, the latest official information on high-sounding disappearances obtained from the investigation is the copy of the decision to suspend criminal cases of Hanchar and Krasouski signed by the well-known investigator Uladzimir Chumachenka. By the way, the paper is very informative.
I asked the head of the press service of the Investigative Committee, Colonel Siarhei Kabakovich, to assist in an interview with the investigator and now the head of the department of the central apparatus of the Investigative Committee, Yury Varauko. Initially, the proposal seemed to be perceived positively, but after a series of necessary approvals, a cold refusal followed: "It's beside the purpose..."
No one asks the same Varauko or Naskevich to reveal the secrecy of investigation and to report the smallest details of the investigation. However, more than 18 years have passed since disappearances of Yury Zakharanka, Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski. What has been done over the years? What versions are now considered by the investigation as the main ones? For what reasons was Zavadski's case suspended? Does the investigation interact with the relatives of the gone missing politicians, or is the current investigator still unfamiliar with wives of the missing and never met with them? Is there any judicial perspective in these cases?
In a word, a lot of questions have accumulated. Including those to the investigation.
But who and when will answer them?