The Belarusian security forces have put the 48-year-old actor and film director Vyacheslav Sikora on the international wanted list. He is accused of “inciting social hatred, slandering and insulting Alyaksandr Lukashenka and law enforcement officers”, informs Investigative committee. According to the investigation, in the video published, Sikora “called for actions that grossly violate public order and disobedience to the authorities.”
According to the investigation, from August to September 2020, Vyacheslav Sikora published videos on his pages in social networks “aimed at inciting hatred.”
Sikore is charged with Part 1 of Art. 130 (incitement to hatred), art. 188 (libel), part 1 of Art. 368 (insult to the President of Belarus) and Part 1 of Art. 369 (insult to a government official) of the Criminal Code of Belarus.
Investigators interrogated Sikora’s relatives, searched his house, and seized computer equipment and mobile devices.
The Investigative Committee noted that in 10 months of 2021, only departments of the department in the Mogilev region have already initiated 240 criminal cases “on the facts of inciting social hatred, slander, insults to the President of Belarus and government officials.”
Vyacheslav Sikora is a former artist of a number of Belarusian and Russian theaters (Mogilev, Moscow, Molodechno, Shchuchin). He was also the director and producer of the Tiani-Tolkai group, and worked as an actor and director in films.
In 2020, Sikora left for Ukraine. There he is the head of the public association “Belarusian Diaspora in Ukraine”.