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Belarus prosecutor sees a threat to national security in Belgazprombank case - BELTA

MINSK (Reuters) - The Belarus prosecutor general’s office said on Friday that a criminal case against Belgazprombank, the local unit of Russia’s Gazprombank, had created a threat to national security, the BELTA news agency quoted it as saying.

Belgazprombank, whose offices were raided in a tax evasion and money laundering case, has been put into temporary administration and 15 workers detained earlier in June.

The bank until recently had been headed by Viktor Babariko, one of President Alexander Lukashenko’s main rivals in a presidential election due in August. Babariko is also detained.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Polina Devitt; Editing by Catherine Evans

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