Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Belneftekhim CEO sacked

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The head of state-owned petrochemical giant Belneftekhim is reportedly under arrest, according to Charter'97, citing anonymous sources in Belarus.

Ihar Zhylin has been sacked under the June 30, 2014 resolution No 631 of the Council of Ministers "On Dismissal and Appointment of Several Officials", reports BelaPAN. It is worth noting that among five people dismissed by this resolution, the dismissal of Zhylin is not accompanied by explanations.

According Charter, Zhylin was arrested and taken into custody at a pre-trial detention center on June 30. No official reports have confirmed this information.

Ihar Zhylin, 73, was appointed as Belneftekhim CEO on February 4, 2011. Prior to his Belneftekhim appointment, he had headed Belarusian chemical giant Hrodna-Azot. In 1990-1993, Zhylin was a member of the Russian parliament, the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation, serving a deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee on economic reforms and property. Beginning from 2003, he worked as a technical consultant of the Moscow-based company SredneAzGAz. Beginning from 2006, Zhylin worked a deputy director general at Energy Invest in Georgia.