US IT worker killed in shootout with Belarus security forces that also saw local KGB man shot lifeless 

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Moment American IT worker, 31, unloads SHOTGUN on Belarus security forces – killing one – earlier than they kill him throughout violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters

  • Andrei Zeltser, who works for EPAM Systems, resisted arrest throughout a Minsk raid
  • KGB say the ‘terrorist’ opened fireplace and shot one among their officers, killing him
  • KGB returned fireplace, killing the ‘harmful legal’ amid democracy crackdown 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

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An IT worker for a US software company and a KGB officer have been gunned down in a shootout amid a violent crackdown of pro-democracy protesters.

Andrei Zeltser, who works for EPAM Systems, resisted arrest throughout a raid in Minsk and opened fireplace on the officers, killing one among them, in response to the KGB.

They returned fireplace on the ‘terrorist and he was shot lifeless throughout the condominium search. 

Officers stand exterior an condominium in Minsk in preparation for a raid amid a democracy crackdown

It is believed Zeltser was a US citizen who was supporting the pro-democracy motion in Belarus, though the US Embassy is but to substantiate his citizenship.

Belarusian authorities have also blocked entry to a information web site, the newest in a collection of steps proscribing unbiased media in the nation after it was shaken by a wave of anti-government protests.

The Belarusian Ministry of Information blocked entry to the Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus web site after it ran a narrative in regards to the shootout.

The information web site, the Belarusian subsidiary of a well-liked Russian newspaper of the identical identify, revealed a remark from the opposition supporter’s pal, who described him a constructive mild.

Andrei Zeltser, who works for EPAM Systems, resisted arrest throughout a raid in Minsk and opened fireplace on the officers, killing one among them, in response to the KGB

It is believed Zeltser was a US citizen who was supporting the pro-democracy motion in Belarus

The ministry did not present any causes for the choice to dam the favored web site, which is visited by some 20,000 customers each day. 

Belarusian authorities reported the incident on Tuesday evening, alleging that ‘an particularly harmful legal’ opened fireplace on security officers after they confirmed up at his condominium on the lookout for ‘people concerned in terrorist actions.’ 

Footage aired by Belarusian state TV channels confirmed males in plainclothes, attempting to interrupt into an condominium.

Authorities stated Zeltser’s spouse, who was in the condominium on the time, was arrested. 

State information company Belta reported that ‘members of an extremist group with ties to the opposition, supposedly, lived in the condominium.’

They returned fireplace on the ‘terrorist and he was shot lifeless throughout the condominium search

Authorities stated Zeltser’s spouse, who was in the condominium on the time, was arrested

Belarus’ authorities typically referred to protesters at anti-government demonstrations final year as ‘extremists’ and ‘terrorists.’ 

The enormous protests got here after election officers gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth time period in the August 2020 presidential election that the opposition and the West have denounced as a sham.

Lukashenko’s authorities unleashed a violent crackdown on the protesters, arresting greater than 35,000 individuals and badly beating 1000’s of them. 

Footage aired by Belarusian state TV channels confirmed males in plainclothes, attempting to interrupt into an condominium

The chief editor of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vladimir Sungorkin, stated Wednesday that entry to its Belarusian web site was blocked after it ran a brief story containing ‘4 sentences’ from the man’s classmate ‘in regards to the reality that he was good man once they studied collectively, all the time stood up for the reality.’ Sungorkin added that it has turn into ‘very troublesome’ for journalists to work in Belarus.

After the disputed presidential election final year, authorities in Belarus have shut down the largest unbiased media shops, blocked entry to common information websites and focused journalists with raids and detentions. 

A complete of 27 journalists in Belarus are presently behind bars, both already convicted and sentenced or awaiting trials. 

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