Aleksandr Lukashenko signs law “On amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus”

    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed the law “On amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus” on 14 December.

    The law introduces criminal responsibility for calls for sanctions against the Republic of Belarus, its citizens and companies. 

    Under the new law, calls for sanctions will be punishable by up to six years in prison, if directed to common people; up to ten years if directed towards foreign states, international or foreign organizations; and up to twelve years, if such calls are made by an official on duty or if they led to heavy consequences, such as restriction of trade or inclusion of companies in sanctions lists.

    The implementation of the measures envisaged by the law will act as an adequate response to attempts to harm national security by destructive forces.