Belarus young singer defies crackdown

Meriem Herasimenka /
Meriem Herasimenka /

Belarusian singer Meriem Herasimenka, who was recently detained in Minsk, could have been under the control of the security forces for donating money to buy a Bayraktar for Ukraine. At least that's what the pro-government telegram channels wrote about. According to the propagandists, "the star directed some of the income she received from her activities to the needs of the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine], including participation in sponsoring Ukraine to purchase the Bayraktar TB2 UAV.

On the evening of August 3, on the terrace of the "Banky-Butylki" bar on Zybitskaya Street in Minsk, during a street concert, the singer performed a song from the Ukrainian group "Okean Elzy" "Obimi." The video appeared on the Internet. It angered the propagandists. Soon the law enforcers detained Maryam Herasimenka and the owner of the bar Andrei Zhuk. According to some reports, the singer was released pending trial, which is due on Monday. Zhuk was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The propagandists claim that Herasimenka "has long been under the control of security forces, who have been tracking the movement of her money."

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