Arrestment is no obstacle to collect and submit signatures

Today, on June 17, 2020, when we tried to make a payment from the electoral fund, staff of ASB “Belarusbank” informed us that the account of Viktar Babaryka, which contains the electoral fund, has been blocked, and all debit transactions on the account have been suspended. No documents confirming the arrest or proving other grounds for this restriction to use the electoral fund account have been provided.

At the moment, there are more than 100,000 BYN of the electoral fund on the account. The fact that these funds have now been frozen prevents us from full execution of our electoral rights. We plan to bring the wrongfulness of these restriction to the the attention of relevant state bodies. We will prepare and submit appropriate complaints.

However, the arrestment of electoral fund is not going to affect the work of the Headquarters. The staff of the Headquarters, everyone who is collecting signatures and the rest of the support team are all volunteers who work on a pro-bono basis. All the signatures we have collected will be verified and submitted to the relevant electoral commissions.

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