Russian embassy bomber jailed in BelarusMay 27th, 2011 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
Minsk, May 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Belarusian anarchist was Friday sentenced to eight years in prison for throwing a fire bomb into the Russian embassy compound in the capital Minsk in August last year.
Igor Olinevich was sentenced to eight years in prison, while his accomplice, Maxim Vetkin, was sentenced to four years.
They were charged with carrying out a series of assaults and arson attacks in Belarus, including against the Russian embassy.
No one was injured in the attack on the embassy, but one of the two fire bombs that were thrown into the premises hit a car and set it on fire.
Moscow accused “certain forces” of trying to “bring distrust and tension to Russia-Belarus bilateral relations”, while Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko suggested Russia could have been behind the attack and that “thugs and scoundrels” from Moscow may be to blame.
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