On June 25, law enforcers raided the house of Eduard Babaryka’s house in Minsk district again, his girlfriend Alyaksandra Zverava reported said on Facebook.
The reason for the new search is unknown. It might have been carried out as part of the criminal case.
On June 18, wannabe presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka and his son Eduard (head of his campaign office) were arrested and taken to the KGB prison; their house and flat were searched.
“Babaryka was an apparent organiser and mastermind of the illegal activity, he tampered with the witnesses, tried to hide traces of previous crimes and take a large sum of money from his accounts just a very short while ago,” Ivan Tsertsel, Chairman of the State Control Committee, said.
As reported earlier, Viktar Babaryka had been Chairman of Belgazprombank Board since 2000. On May 12, when he revealed his presidential ambitions, he voluntarily resigned from his senior management job. Belgazprombank’s main shareholders from the Russian side are Gazprom and Gazprombank; in this view, Babaryka is often faulted for allegedly being linked to Moscow. At the same time, the prospective candidate has repeatedly put an emphasis on his being Belarusian. In his opinion, it is impossible to build an independent state when there is no solid foundation, i.e. culture and national identity.
On June 11, officers of the Financial Investigations Department (part of the State Control Committee) came to the head office of Belgazprombank. The department opened a criminal case under Art. 243-2 (large-scale tax evasion) and Art. 235-2 (legalisation of particularly large sums of money obtained through crime). Around 15 top managers and bank employees have been arrested as part of the case. Since June 15, the provisional administration has been in place in Belgazprombank in order to ‘protect the interests of depositors and creditors’, the Belarusian officials state. Viktar Babaryka called placing the bank under the state’s control ‘forcible takeover’.