Who is he – a Tajik who was included in the UK sanctions list along with Lukashenko?

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In August 2020, Lukashenko awarded him the medal “For Impeccable Service, First Degree”.


Great Britain imposed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and seven of his supporters, including the name of one Tajik citizen.


The corresponding statement appeared on the website of the British government. The statement says that the sanctions were imposed “due to fraud in the presidential elections and repeated violations of human rights”.


Atobekov Khazalbek Bakhtibekovich – also on the sanctions list. According to data on the Wikipedia website, Atobekov is a colonel, and since 2018 – deputy commander of the internal troops of Belarus. According to the information site udf.by, the name of Khazalbek Atobekov also got into the “black list” of the European Union in 2012.


«At that time he was the commander of the Separate Special Forces Brigade of the Internal Troops 3214. He was blacklisted for “commanding the dispersal of a demonstration on December 19, 2010 in Minsk with the use of excessive force»,- source notes.


Atobekov’s biography on Wikipedia states that he is a Tajik. In 1990 he graduated from the Minsk Higher Military-Political Combined Arms School. In 1996 he received a maroon beret from the hands of Dmitry Pavlichenko (Belarusian military leader, colonel, commander of a special purpose brigade of the ICC’s internal troops, also included in the EU’s “black list”). He held the post of commander of a company first, and then a battalion of internal troops.


In 2009-2012, he was the commander of the 3rd separate Red Banner special purpose brigade of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (military unit 3214), then – deputy head of the combat and operational training department of the Main Directorate of the commander of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.


In May 2018, he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.


On August 13, 2020, in the wake of civil confrontation in Belarus, Lukashenko awarded Atobekov the medal “For impeccable service of the 1st degree”.


The news portal udf.by reports that Khazalbek Atobekov is married and has three children.


Source: Asia Plus