Community of Railway Workers of Belarus

Belarusian opposition initiative
Community of Railway Workers of Belarus
Сообщество железнодорожников Беларуси
Logo of the Community of Railway Workers of Belarus.png
LeaderSergei Voitsekhovich[1]
FoundationAugust 2020 (2020-08)
Country Belarus
AllegianceBelarusian opposition
IdeologyAnti-Lukashenko
Anti-war movement
Major actions2022 rail war in Belarus
StatusActive
OpponentsBelarus Government of Belarus
Battles and wars2022 Belarusian and Russian partisan movement
Websitelinks.belzhd.live

Community of Railway Workers of Belarus (Russian: Сообщество железнодорожников Беларуси, romanized: Soobshchestvo zheleznodorozhnikov Belarusi) is a Belarusian opposition initiative of railway workers, recognized by the Belarusian authorities as an extremist formation.[2][3]

Telegram channel “Live. The Community of Railway Workers of Belarus” was created in August 2020, a week after the presidential election and the start of mass demonstrations against Alexander Lukashenko.[4]

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the community has been carrying out railroad sabotage in order to undermine the logistics of the Russian army.[4][1][5]

On 21 March 2022, the “Community of Railway Workers was recognized as an extremist formation by a decision taken by the KGB of Belarus on March 21 due to the fact that “a group of citizens united through the Telegram chat “Community of Railway Workers of Belarus” carries out extremist activities.”[6][7][8][9]

As of 30 March 2022, at least 40 railway workers were reportedly detained for subscribing to the movement’s telegram channel.[10]

See also

  • Stop the Wagons
  • Busly liaciać

References

  1. ^ a b "Сообщество железнодорожников: на партизан вешают то, чего они не делали". Новости Беларуси | euroradio.fm (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  2. ^ Леонов, Данила (2022-03-24). "КГБ признало инициативу «Сообщество железнодорожников Беларуси» экстремистским формированием". Blizko.by (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  3. ^ "Инициатива "Сообщество железнодорожников Беларуси" признана экстремистским формированием". www.belta.by (in Russian). 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  4. ^ a b "В Беларуси — новая «рельсовая война». На железной дороге устраивают диверсии, чтобы помешать движению российской военной техники в Украину". Meduza (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  5. ^ "Белорусские киберпартизаны выводят из строя железные дороги". novayapolsha.pl (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  6. ^ "В Беларуси появился новый «список экстремистов», а в перечень «экстремистских формирований» внесли еще одно сообщество". Зеркало (in Russian). 2022-03-23. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  7. ^ REFORM.by (2021-09-03). "Телеграм-канал железнодорожников признан экстремистским". REFORM.by (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  8. ^ "Чат железнодорожников признали экстремистским формированием". Наша Ніва (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  9. ^ сегодня, СБ-Беларусь (2022-03-24). "Инициатива "Сообщество железнодорожников Беларуси" признана экстремистским формированием". www.sb.by (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  10. ^ "Почти сорок «покаянных видео» за один день: в Беларуси массово задерживают железнодорожников". Зеркало (in Russian). 2022-03-30. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
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