Mikalai Bredzyaliou, archive image. Photo: marketing.by

Over the last few days, employees of Belarusian subsidiaries of multinational companies have been detained by Belarus authorities, according to Belsat. The detentions were accompanied by public insults and violation of the detainees’ privacy.

On December 11, Dzyanis Nasura, chief business analyst of software giant EPAM in Belarus, was detained and sentenced to 13 days in prison. In a confessional video he apologizes for participating in the 2020 protests and being subscribed to government-critical Telegram channels. On December 10, it emerged that, Syarhei Babashkou, marketing executive at Hyundai, and Mikalai Bredzyaliou, head of public relations at telecom provider A1 in Belarus, were also detained. The videos with their apologies and details of their private life also appeared online. At the same time, Belarusian propaganda media launched an information attack on A1, calling it a “terrorist company.”

The Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Austrian Embassy, and A1 Telekom Austria Group condemned the actions of the security forces against Bredzyaliou. The parent company of the Belarusian telecom provider said it would use all available legal and diplomatic means to support and protect its employees.