Belarus MIA to check officials of Rosselkhoznadzor
The Belarusian law enforcement authorities saw essential elements of offense in actions of the Russian officials.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus carries out investigation verification of actions of officials of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance), in which, as the law enforcement authorities consider, essential elements of offense under Article 249 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Belarus (Discredit of Business Reputation of Competitors) are seen.
Police officers assume that a number of officials of Rosselkhoznadzor “in the interests which aren't connected with their professional activity” without availability of good causes, and also breaking rules of international law, limited sales opportunity of the Belarusian products in the territory of the Russian Federation. Moreover, Russian officials “performed distribution of the unreliable information discrediting domestic manufacturers”, the Ministry of Internal Affairs emphasized.
As a result of actions of officials of Rosselkhoznadzor, agricultural enterprise of the Minsk region suffered losses in the amount of $2,63 million. The Ministry of Internal Affairs declared that the proofs collected by his specialists will be transferred to the Investigative Committee “for giving a legal treatment”.
Commenting on a situation, the representative of Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Melano told RBC: “It is their right. Let them check”. She also called actions of the Belarusian authorities predictable, but emphasized that the Russian department will not take the answer-back measures.
To recall, at the beginning of December, 2016, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko accused Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert of ‘spoiling’ of the Belarusian products, and at the beginning of February, 2017 demanded to bring criminal case concerning Dankvert.