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Lukashenko’s spies operated in Poland: report

14.01.2022 17:00
Spies sent by the regime of Belarus' strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko had been active in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine during the last few years, the niezalezna.pl website has reported. 
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.Photo: EPA/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN via PAP

Evidence of such activity has been gathered by ByPol, an organisation of Belarusian former law enforcement officers who are supporting the country’s democratic opposition, niezalezna.pl reported.

It cited Poland’s state-owned Belarus-oriented TV channel Belsat TV as the source of the news.

ByPol has established that from August 2020 onward a number of "suspicious-looking persons, unknown to the Belarusian diaspora, were spotted at Belarusian rallies in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine,” according to niezalezna.pl.

In this connection, ByPol said the Belarusian regime had threatened “to find and eliminate” Lukashenko’s political opponents “wherever they are,” niezalezna.pl reported.

It said the Belarusian group conceded that "not all suspicious-looking people are agents of the dictator."

According to Belsat, even though “most of the observers at rallies are operatives of domestic security services,” Lukashenko’s spies "are definitely active" in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, niezalezna.pl reported.

It said ByPol had exposed two spies for the Belarusian regime who operated in Poland.

Belarusian spies in Poland

The first of the two men, "Col. Alaksiej Dudykin from Belarus' GRU intelligence agency," flew to Poland on a diplomatic passport on December 18, 2020, according to ByPol. That same day, his "spy partner Dzmitryj Dunaj," completed a 10-day quarantine, having arrived in Poland by bus on an ordinary passport, niezalezna.pl reported. 

ByPol did not specify the purpose behind the mission of the two spies, niezalezna.pl said, adding that this is being investigated by Poland’s counterintelligence service.

However, the Belarusian group said that “the trip of the GRU agents was linked to the Belarusian activists based in Poland.”

"Dunaj" returned to Belarus by bus on January 21, 2021, while "Dudykin" flew back to Minsk the following day, ByPol established, according to niezalezna.pl.

Both men were subsequently reassigned from the GRU to the Belarusian Army’s Special Operations Force, where they had begun their careers, the website claimed. 

According to information obtained by ByPol, they were demoted for appropriating money they had saved during their mission to Poland, niezalezna.pl wrote. 

While on missions abroad, Belarusian intelligence operatives receive USD 65 a day to be spent on food and transport, and an additional USD 150 per day for renting hotel or private accommodation, according to figures cited by niezalezna.pl.

Unused funds must be handed back on return, the Polish website reported.

(pm/gs)

Source: niezalezna.pl