Belarus recognizes two Telegram sticker packs as extremist

In Belarus, Luka and Sasha 3% sticker packs in Telegram were recognized as extremist. We are talking about Luka and Sasha 3% sticker packs. Even before the elections, after which a wave of mass protests took place in Belarus, Lukashenka asked the opposition not to lower his rating and do without insults

The court of the Central District of Minsk recognized two packages of stickers in Telegram under the names Luka and Sasha 3% as extremist. This was reported by the Zerkalo.io portal with reference to the list of extremist materials of the Ministry of Information of Belarus (recognized as extremist in Belarus, blocked in the republic and in Russia).

By the beginning of the year, more than 215 chats and 215 Telegram channels were recognized as extremist in Belarus, Sputnik Belarus calculated. Subscribers to such channels may face penalties. So, if the chat is recognized as extremist material, subscribers who support “in the promotion of the channel”— make reposts, transfer money or transfer information there,— will be brought to administrative responsibility, the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime (GUBOPiK) of Belarus reported.

If the Telegram channel is recognized as an extremist formation, citizens participating in its activities may face punishment under the relevant Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code, which provides for up to seven years in prison. As stated in GUBOPiK, they will be held accountable under this article “pointwise, taking into account the role of everyone, based on the evidence collected.”

In August 2020, mass protests began in Belarus after the presidential elections. The opposition announced the falsification of the voting results. According to the CEC, the current president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who was in power for 25 years at that time, scored 80%, while the single opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya— ten%. Lukashenka himself said that the elections were held legally, and the protests were led from abroad.

The opposition expressed doubts about Lukashenka's high results even before the elections, and the phrase “Sasha 3%” became a meme. However, the president himself asked opposition representatives not to insult him and not to underestimate his rating among the population. “If you have any problems, you state them. Listen, except for me, no one will solve them, and [except] the power that exists today. Are you “Sasha 3%” already written on T-shirts. But do you even believe that the incumbent president has 3%?»— he noted in June 2020, adding that “in no country is it allowed to insult people.”

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