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Scoop of the day: Belarusian activist found hanged in Kyiv forest

Scoop of the day: Belarusian activist found hanged in Kyiv forest

Belarusian activist

Vital Shyshow, a Belarusian activist and head of Belarusian House in Ukraine NGO, who went missing in Kyiv on 2 August, was found hanged in a local forest. Police are checking if it was a suicide or he was murdered.

People brought flowers and candles to the Belarusian embassy in Kyiv in Shyshow's tribute. They staged a rally outside the embassy, holding posters saying "KGB is the torture house of Belarus".

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is closely following the case of Shyshow's death, his press secretary Serhiy Nikiforov has said. "The only thing which can be said is that we really care to show that Ukraine supports the people of Belarus and it is very important for us that Belarusians who came to Ukraine after the events of the summer and autumn last year could feel safe," he said. If security services turn out to have been involved in Shyshow's death, the president will react to this.

Belarusian athlete's family

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has contacted Arseny Zdanevich, the husband of renegade Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanowskaya. The man fled to Ukraine from Belarus after his wife refused to obey the Belarusian authorities' order to quit the Olympics prematurely. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba promised assistance to the man.

Chaus detained

The National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has said it has detained notorious ex-judge Mykola Chaus, who is suspected of corruption, when he visited the Feofaniya hospital in Kyiv. Until a court session tomorrow, he will be held in a remand centre.

Donbas

Parliament speaker Dmytro Razumkov's visit to Donbas scheduled for 3 August was cancelled after Armed Forces Commander Valeriy Zaluzhnyy banned officials from visiting the hostilities zone for 10 days.

Crimea

In an interview with Dom TV, President Zelenskyy said that Crimea would be liberated from Russian occupation sooner or later.

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