BELARUSIAN MEDIA PERSONALITIES SANCTIONNED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

COUNCIL DECISION 2012/642/CFSP of 15 October 2012 concerning restrictive measures against Belarus

(5) Particular responsibility is borne by the officials directly involved or responsible for the fraudulent nature of the presidential elections and referendum; those responsible for organising and implementing the dissemination of falsified information through the state-controlled media; those responsible for excessive and unprovoked use of force against unarmed and peaceful protesters; those responsible for implementing the ongoing and politically motivated administrative and criminal sanctions against large groups of representatives of the civil society, democratic opposition, NGOs and free media in Belarus, and those responsible for systematic and coordinated violation of international human rights standards and the laws of the Republic of Belarus in the administration of justice and exercising methods of coercion and intimidation against legal representatives of detainees and against other individuals.

  • Ananich, Liliia Stanislavauna 

First Deputy Minister of Information. She has played a major role since 2003 in promoting state propaganda, which provokes, supports and justifies the repression of the democratic opposition and of civil society, and by suppressing the freedom of the media. Democratic opposition and civil society are systematically highlighted in a negative and derogatory way using falsified information.

  • Guseu, Aliaksei Viktaravich

Responsible for organising and implementing the dissemination of falsified information through the state-controlled media. Former first Deputy Director of the Information and Analytical Centre of the President's Administration.

A source and voice of state propaganda, which provokes, supports and justifies the repression of the democratic opposition and of civil society. democratic opposition and civil society are systematically highlighted in a negative and derogatory way using falsified information.

  • Laptsionak, Ihar Mikalaevich

Responsible for organising and implementing the dissemination of falsified information through the state-controlled media. As former Deputy Minister of Information, he played a major role in promoting state propaganda which supports and justifies the repression of the democratic opposition and of civil society. Democratic opposition and civil society have been systematically highlighted in a negative and derogatory way using falsified and untrue information.

  • Rubinau, Anatol Mikalaevich

Chairman of the Upper House of Parliament, former Deputy Head in charge of Media and Ideology of the President's Administration (2006-2008). In that position, he was one of the main sources and voices of state propaganda and ideological support for the regime.

  • Rusakevich, Uladzimir Vasilievich

Has actively undermined democracy in Belarus. As a former Minister of Information, he was the main person responsible for the pressure and repression of the independent media and journalists between 2003 and 2009.

  • Stuk, Aliaksei Kanstantsinavich

Deputy Prosecutor General. In 2007-2008, he opened cases against independent media, journalists and opposition parties. He authorised searches by the KGB officers of the premises of "Radio Racyja", "ERB" television "Belsat", in the Hrodno office of the Belarusian Popular Front and the NGO "Batskavshchyna", as well the apartments of 17 journalists.

  • Zaitsau, Vadzim Iurievich

Head of the KGB. Responsible for transforming the KGB into the main organ of repression of civil society and of the democratic opposition. Responsible for the dissemination, through the media, of false information about the demonstrators on 19 December 2010, alleging that they had brought materials to be used as weapons. He personally threatened the lives and health of the wife and child of former presidential candidate, Andrei Sannikov. He is the main initiator of orders for unlawful harassment of democratic opposition, the torture of political opponents and the mistreatment of prisoners.

  • Zhuk, Dzmitry

Director General (CEO) State News Agency BELTA. Responsible for relaying state propaganda in the media, which has supported and justified the repression of the democratic opposition and of civil society on 19 December 2010 using falsified information.

  • Zimouski Aliaksandr Leanidavich

Media adviser and former President of the State Radio-television company. He was the main actor of the regime's propaganda until December 2010, by systematically denigrating the opposition and justifying gross violations of human rights and recurrent crackdowns on the opposition and on civil society in Belarus.

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/881 of 3 June 2022 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine

  • Andrii SICH / Andrey SYCH (Belarusian)

Co-host of programme "Platform" on state-owned television channel "Belarus 1"

Member of organisation "Rusj molodaja"

Andrii Sich is a co-host of the programme "Platform" on state-owned television channel "Belarus 1". In that position, he has supported regime narratives that aim to discredit independent media, undermine democracy and justify repression. He has supported the Lukashenka regime's narrative about Western states' intentions to organise a coup d'état in Belarus and called for harsh punishments for those allegedly involved, supported disinformation campaigns about mistreatment of migrants arriving in the Union from Belarus, and promoted the image of independent media as agents of foreign influence whose activity should be restricted. He is therefore supporting the Lukashenka regime.

  • Ihar Piatrovich TUR / Igor Petrovich TUR (Belarusian)

 Employee of state-owned television channel "ONT", author and anchor of several programmes ("Propaganda", "To be completed")

Ihar Tur is an employee of the state-owned television channel "ONT" and one of the main propagandists of the Lukashenka regime. He is the host of the "Propaganda" programme, in which he calls for violence, discredits opposition activists and promotes videos with forced confessions from political prisoners. He is the author of a number of false reports on protests by the Belarusian opposition, and of disinformation regarding events in the Union and regarding attacks on civil society. He is also responsible for spreading disinformation and violence-inciting messages online. He was awarded a medal by Aliaksandr Lukashenka for his work in the media.

He is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

  • Lyudmila Leanidauna HLADKAYA / Lyudmila Leonidovna GLADKAYA (Belarusian)

Special correspondent of "SB Belarus Segodnya" newspaper, presenter on state-owned television channel "Belarus 1"

Lyudmila Hladkaya is one of the most prominent propagandists of the Lukashenka regime. She is an employee of the newspaper "SB Belarus Segodnya" and an associate of other pro-regime media, including state-owned television channel "Belarus 1". She frequently uses hate speech and derogatory language while speaking of democratic opposition. She has also conducted numerous "interviews" with unjustly detained Belarusian citizens, often students, showing them in humiliating situations and mocking them. She has promoted repression by the Belarusian security apparatus and taken part in disinformation and information manipulation campaigns. She is publicly voicing support for Aliaksandr Lukashenka and expressing pride in serving his regime. For her work, she has been publicly praised by and received awards from Lukashenka.

She is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.