Updated at 13:33,29-11-2021

Another scapegoat in teddy bear troop drop case


The Investigation Committee has completed the investigation of the case against the frontier guard accused of missing the Swedish plane over the state frontier.
According to news agency Interfax, a border patrol did get sight of the plane piloted by Swedes in due time; a duty officer of Subotniki frontier post being informed of ins flight.

"Contrary against regulations the frontier post officer did not pass along the accepted message about surveillance of the air target to Air Force and Air Defence bodies and a frontier post senior officer," the Investigation Committee said.

As the Belarusian Armed Forces did not receive the message, the frontier infringement was not deterred, its Press Office reports.

Earlier president Aliaksandr Lukashenka stated that the plane was detected but Belarusian air defence forces took pity on its pilots…

"Let them pray to God that our `accommodating` Belarusians spare those flyers. They were detected over the border immediately. We spared them. After all, this was a plywood plane. And yet this resulted in a scandal. However, this was a violation of all agreements," Lukashenka said.

On July, 4 hundreds of teddy bears carried in a plane piloted by two Swedes parachuted down on the Belarusian capital of Minsk early morning in a show of support for the country's pro-democracy movement.