Belarus Arrests 32 Russian 'Mercenaries' for Alleged Plot to Disrupt Election

Belarus Arrests 32 Russian 'Mercenaries' for Alleged Plot to Disrupt Election


Security forces in Belarus said they arrested 32 Russian “mercenaries” near the capital city of Minsk on Wednesday for allegedly trying to disrupt the nation’s August 9 presidential elections, Voice of America (VOA) reported Thursday.

State news agency BelTA reported that security forces detained 32 alleged foreign fighters from Russia’s private military contractor Wagner Group on Wednesday night at a health resort outside Minsk. According to BelTA, Belarus security forces said they made the arrests after receiving information from an undisclosed source that over 200 Russian military contractors arrived in Belarus last Friday to “destabilize the situation in the country ahead of the election.”

Belarusian state news agency Belsat claimed that security forces discovered the alleged Russian contractors at the resort because they stood out for their unusual behavior.

“They did not drink alcohol or visit entertainment facilities and kept to themselves to maintain a low profile,” the report noted, adding that

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