Russian Arrested By Police in Minsk

MINSK. July 14 (Interfax) - A Russian national, Vladimir Belunin, has been detained in Minsk, press attache for the Russian Embassy in Belarus Vadim Gusev told Interfax.

"The relatives of Vladimir Belunin called to the embassy. The embassy wrote a note to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry requesting formal information on the detention. The Belarusian authorities have notified that Belunin, Vladimir Sergeyevich, was detained under Article 108 of the Belarusian Criminal Procedural Code (arrest on direct suspicion of committing a crime)," Gusev said.

The press attache did not link the arrest of the Russian man with other arrests in connection with the explosions Minsk on the night of July 4.

The Belarusian law enforcement authorities refused to comment on this matter, having neither confirmed nor denied information about Belunin's arrest.

Belunin is a 21-year-old student at university in Minsk, according to local Internet media outlets. His parents claim he is gravely ill, as he was diagnosed with anorexia and cannot eat properly. Interfax has not been able to confirm this diagnose.

An explosion occurred in central Minsk in the early hours of July 4 during a concert on the occasion of Belarus' Independence Day. The concert was attended by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. While the president was not hurt, around 50 people suffered various wounds and injuries.