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Criminal cases were initiated against people detained at the protests in Minsk. Belarus, November 2, 2020

As a result of Sunday's march, 231 people were recognized as suspects in a criminal case today, Mail.ru Group sold the Belarusian navigator Maps.me, Latvia suspends trade in electricity with Belarus, and the third Minsk subway line will begin to operate this week.

Criminal cases were initiated against people detained at the protests in Minsk

The Investigative Committee of Belarus has confirmed that many of those detained on the November 1 march in Minsk became suspects in a criminal case. There are 231 of them in total. The case was initiated under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order). This article provides for a term of imprisonment of no more than three years.

At the same time, the Committee’s statement begins with a reference to the criminal case “on the fact of the riots on November 1.” But for this case, the Criminal Code provides for article 293. Depending on the corpus delicti, the maximum term of imprisonment provided for in the article is from 3 to 15 years.

The Committee notes that, according to the investigation, many detainees did not obey the demands of the authorities. The actions of the protesters disrupted the work of transport and organizations. Objects of urban infrastructure and a police vehicle were also damaged, the statement says.

Probably, the authorities may increase the circle of suspects, as there is a search for other participants. In total, more than 300 participants were detained during the Sunday protests in Belarus. A march of protesting pensioners and doctors took place in Minsk today, on the 86th day of protests after the presidential elections.

Mail.ru Group sold the Belarusian navigator Maps.me

The Russian Mail.ru Group sold its Maps.me map service, which it owned since 2014, to Daegu Limited, a member of the Parity.com group. The transaction price is 1.557 billion Russian rubles (about $19.6 million), the Mail.ru Group press service reported. They said that the deal is in line with the company’s strategy since the service doesn’t belong to its main assets.

Six years ago, Mail.ru paid 542 million Russian rubles for Maps.me. Yandex and Google were also named among the potential buyers of the service.

Parity.com is an instant money transfer system founded in 2018.

Maps.me application is designed for navigation without Internet access (the user needs to download the maps he needs beforehand). The service has passed the mark of 140 million installations and has 10 million active users. Last year, the service's revenue amounted to 159 million Russian rubles with an EBITDA loss of 25 million.

Maps.me (originally MapsWithMe) was founded by Belarusian IT entrepreneur Yury Melnichek in 2010. The company's head office was in Zurich, and the development center was in Minsk. In the spring of 2011, a version for iOS was released, and an Android version came out in the winter of 2012.

Latvia suspends electricity trade with Belarus

The Public Services Regulatory Commission has found a way to prevent electricity generated at the BelNPP from entering Latvia, the head of the Commission Roland Irklis told reporters.

The Latvian government has decided that from the moment the BelNPP is launched, Latvia will suspend trade in electricity with Belarus.

For this, a methodology has been approved according to which Belarusian electricity will not be supplied to Latvia. Russia, which has an interconnection with Belarus, will have to confirm that the electricity purchased by Latvia doesn’t come from Belarus.

The same methodology has already been approved by Lithuania and Estonia.

Latvia considers it important to regulate electricity trade with Belarus, taking into account the fact that the start of electricity generation at the Ostrovets NPP may begin from 1 to 10 November.

Third Minsk subway line will begin to operate this week

The Minsk City Executive Committee has officially confirmed that the third line of the Minsk subway will start working this week. “By November 7, several socially significant objects of urban infrastructure will be opened in Minsk,” the mayor’s office informed in its Telegram channel. They noted that during this week, the first section of the third subway line will also start working in the capital.

The first four stations of the new line will be opened – Kovalskaya Sloboda, Vokzalnaya, Ploshchad Frantishka Bogushevicha and Yubileinaya Ploshchad. The latter is the deepest yet station of the Minsk subway, 32 meters underground.

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In this section you will find information about Belarus. Professional journalists from the independent non-state publication officelife.media (location - Minsk) tell about what is really happening in Belarus. No political accents or ideological attitudes. Only the most important facts so that you understand the essence of what is happening in this corner of Europe.