The rule on the possibility of losing the citizenship of Belarus by persons convicted of extremist crimes and who have gone abroad will come into force in six months, the law says, published on the national legal Internet portal.
On January 5, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a law on the possibility of losing the citizenship of the republic, including those acquired by birth, by persons convicted of extremism and causing grievous harm to national interests and who are outside the country, the press service of the head of state reported. Prior to this, the relevant amendments to the legislation were adopted by the parliament.
According to the law, participation in extremist activity or causing grievous harm to the interests of Belarus is understood as the commission in any form by a person who has reached the age of 18, regardless of the place of his commission, of at least one of the crimes provided for in the articles “preparing or waging an aggressive war”, “propaganda war”, “act of terrorism against a representative of a foreign state or international organization”, “attack on institutions enjoying international protection”, “international terrorist attack”, “genocide”, “crime against the security of mankind”, “production and distribution of prohibited means of warfare” , “inciting discord.”
The list of articles also included “rehabilitation of Nazism”, “denial of the genocide of the Belarusian people”, “ecocide”, “recruitment and training of mercenaries”, “mercenarism”, “use of weapons of mass destruction”, “violation of the laws of war”, “violations of international law”. during armed conflicts”, “inaction or a criminal order during an armed conflict”, “creation of an illegal armed group”, “terrorist attack”, “a threat of a terrorist act committed by a group of persons in collusion, entailing grave consequences”, “financing of terrorism”, “assistance terrorism”, “preparation for terrorist activities”, “creation and participation in terrorist activities and organization”, “hostage-taking, buildings”, “riots”.