Belarusian authorities announced that 32 Russian mercenaries were arrested at a holiday resort near Minsk on Tuesday, July 28. According to reports, the mercenaries are members of the Russia-based Wagner Group. Another suspect was arrested in the south of the country.
Further security operations are possible in Belarus in the run-up to the presidential election.
President Alexander Lukashenko has allegedly said that mercenaries could try and influence the upcoming August 9 presidential election, although this is not currently clear.
Police have detained several hundred anti-government demonstrators over the past few weeks in efforts to quell anti-government sentiment prior to the election. The majority of Lukashenko's political rivals are either in detention or under investigation. The barring of the two main rivals - Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babariko - makes Lukashenko's chances of remaining in power all the more likely; he has been in power for 26 years.
Individuals in Belarus are advised to monitor developments to the situation, report any suspicious objects or behavior, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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