On Friday, the former Belarusian ambassador to Slovakia, Igor Leshchenya, was released, who was checked by the Investigative Committee for involvement in the riots. “Dad is at home, he feels good,” – wrote on the Facebook page, the diplomat’s daughter Anastasia.
She also posted a message from her father: “Today, Friday, August 20, I was allowed to go home. I still have the status of a suspect. I signed a non-disclosure agreement on the course of the investigation. “
The former ambassador was detained on 12 August. The UK said that they are checking information about the involvement of the former diplomat in the riots. According to the Viasna human rights center, Leshchenya was placed in the Center for Isolation of Offenders on Boris Akrestin Street.
Igor Leshchenya August 16, 2020 condemned suppression of protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s victory in the presidential election announced by the Central Election Commission. On August 18, 2020 it became known that he filed resignation letter. In September Leshchenya was deprived of the diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary with the wording “in connection with the commission of acts that discredit the state (diplomatic) service.”
Igor Leshchenya worked at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry since 1994. He held various posts in the apparatus of the department, worked as an ambassador to a number of countries. From 2002 to 2006 Leshchenya was the assistant to the president for foreign policy and foreign economic issues, transfers Interfax. He was appointed Ambassador to Slovakia in 2016.