Google has reported that the account of the Investigative Committee of Belarus has been disabled and can’t be restored under the rules of sanctions. At the same time, the YouTube channel linked to this account was blocked.
The official account on Google and the YouTube channel of the Investigative Committee (IC) of Belarus were blocked because of the sanctions imposed by Washington against Belarusian officials and organizations. This was stated by the official representative of the Investigative Committee, Yulia Goncharova, on Tuesday, November 2, to the state agency BelTA.
The agency quotes an excerpt from a statement of the American Internet giant, which indicates that the Google account of the IC is disabled in accordance with “the rules for export restrictions and sanctions and can not be restored. When attempting to open the agency’s channel on the YouTube video hosting site, a notice appears stating that the reason for blocking the account was a “violation of YouTube community rules.
According to Goncharova, the agency’s verified YouTube channel had more than 23,000 subscribers.
New U.S. sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime come in force on August 9
August 9, the U.S. introduced new sanctions against Minsk over the actions of the Belarusian authorities, aimed at “the suppression of democracy and human rights. In particular, they targeted the Investigative Committee of Belarus, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus (NOC), Belaruskali, Belneftegaz, Belkaztrans and New Oil Company Vostok, registered in the Russian city of Smolensk. A total of 23 individuals and 21 companies were included in the sanctions list.
In late June, the EU, the U.S., the UK and Canada imposed restrictions on the Belarusian authorities after the forced landing of a Ryanair airline plane in Minsk and the detention of former editor of the opposition publication NEXTA Roman Protasevich and Russian citizen Sofia Sapega.