The fate of those arrested in Minsk on charges of rioting December 19 Russian citizens to decide only the court. This was announced on February 10, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh.
"In order to properly assess the situation that has developed, it should be noted that the Russian embassy was promptly informed about the detention of citizens. To Russian embassy staff had the opportunity to meet with the detainees without any restrictions," — said Savin.
He stressed that "the detainees charged, so that all media reports that say the opposite is not true."
"The criminal case was transferred to the citizens of the prosecutor's office for referral to court. Their fate decided only by the court," — said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.
According to Savin, the Russian side "in full has information on the subject and knows that this investigation was conducted strictly within the framework of the existing legislation in compliance with the civil rights of the detainees."
A spokesman also said that "this situation is very similar to the case of the Belarusian citizens Igor Berazyuka. " Berazyuk, we recall, is accused of involvement in the riots in Moscow Manege Square.
"It appears that cases of this kind should be settled within the framework of existing legislation and the legal field. Any action that may be classified as pressure on the court or investigative bodies, inappropriate and illegal," — said Savin.
As previously reported, the situation of detainees after the presidential election on December 19 in Minsk Russian citizens Ivan Gaponavym and Artem Brevsam has become the main theme of the meeting, State Secretary — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Grigory Karasin Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Martynov February 9 in Minsk.
February 8, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov once again called on the Belarusian authorities to release the detained after the presidential election. "What happened after the election, it was completely unnecessary and unacceptable. We urge the release of the presidential candidates, to release the journalists, human rights defenders, as well as two of our citizens, which has not yet been charged with any crime," — Lavrov said.
February 8 has also learned that the request of lawyers about the criminal case against the Russians Ivan Gaponava and Artem Brevsa was rejected.