KGB agent and Belarus opposition supporter killed in Minsk – ‘Disregard for human rights’ | World | News

During a raid on the apartment of a Belarusian activist, a video broadcast on state television showed a KGB officer killed during a shooting. State security broke into the home of Andrey Zeltser, 31, according to a video broadcast on state television.

Zeltser was seen holding a hunting rifle when officers stormed the house in Minsk.

The activist lived in the apartment with his wife, Maria Uspenskaya, and their nine-year-old son.

However, it was believed that the boy was not in the home during the incident.

The footage showed a KGB agent on the ground and bleeding profusely.

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The death of the activist and KGB agent comes after massive protests in the country in retaliation for President Lukashenko’s claim to victory in the elections.

The protests were the largest anti-government demonstrations in Belarusian history.

While President Lukashenko was declared the winner over the main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the EU issued a statement rejecting the legitimacy of the elections and calling for new elections a day later.

The EU also imposed sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials accused of political repression and vote rigging, but Lukashenko was not on this list.

Julie Fisher, the US special envoy for Belarus, said Zeltser’s death was “proof of the regime’s disregard for human rights and its willingness to use extreme methods to threaten alleged political opponents.”

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