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Status: 28.06.2024 12:14

The ambassador to Germany, who was deposed by Belarusian ruler Lukashenko only a few months in the past, has died. According to media experiences, 48-year-old Sidorenko had been put beneath strain by the KGB secret service.

After being dismissed as ambassador to Germany, Belarusian diplomat Denis Sidorenko has died in his homeland on the age of 48. The Foreign Ministry in Minsk solely confirmed Sidorenko's loss of life after impartial media experiences, however didn’t present any particulars about the reason for loss of life.

In an announcement on social media, the Foreign Ministry known as Sidorenko “our dear colleague” who was “talented” and “responsible,” a “professional” and a “patriot.” His loss of life was a “great loss for the entire diplomatic family of Belarus.”

Had advocated good relations with the EU

Several impartial Belarusian media retailers working in exile overseas reported that the daddy of the household threw himself out of the window of a high-rise constructing in Minsk on June 24 after being interrogated by the KGB secret service. Other media retailers, nonetheless, spoke of a “heart attack”.

Only in March of this yr did Belarus' ruler Alexander Lukashenko recall Sidorenko from his put up as ambassador to Germany after eight years in workplace. The diplomat had at all times campaigned for good relations between the European Union and Belarus. He remained in authorities service even through the protests in opposition to Lukashenko in 2020, which have been then crushed, when the ruler was once more awarded victory in a rigged election.

An nameless former worker of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry suspects in an interview with the portal Zerkalo that Sidorenko was solely capable of keep in workplace for thus lengthy as a result of Lukashenko feared that Germany wouldn’t enable one other ambassador.

Lukashenko is sometimes called Europe's final dictator and guidelines Belarus with an iron fist. He continues to implement the loss of life penalty and doesn’t enable free media reporting.

“Become a problem for the power apparatus”

Opposition politician Pavel Latushko, himself a former diplomat dwelling in exile within the EU, instructed the portal that Sidorenko was a person with pro-European and democratic views. Despite this, he determined to serve Lukashenko's regime, returned to Belarus and have become an issue for the facility equipment there. According to Latushko, Sidorenko skilled extreme psychological stress as a result of KGB's lie detector checks.

Only in 2022, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei additionally died unexpectedly on the age of 64.