Updated at 17:11,20-07-2018

Firebomb Attack on Russian Embassy


A diplomat's car was burned down after a firebomb was hurled into the territory of the Russian embassy in Minsk on Monday night.

As Alyaksandr Lastowski, spokesman for the city police department, told BelaPAN, a police detail discovered that the Mazda 3 was on fire at around 10:20 p.m.

A 0.3-liter glass bottle containing traces of a flammable substance and the bottle's fragments with a wick were found by police experts at the scene, the spokesman said.

He said that investigators continued working at the scene on Tuesday morning. Criminal proceedings have been instituted under the Criminal Code's article that penalizes hooliganism in connection with the incident.

The police said that the attack had been perpetrated by two people.

The Belarusian foreign ministry rushed to denounce the attack, expressing "concern and indignation."

"This criminal and vandal act is directed against common sense and Belarusian-Russian relations," Andrey Savinykh, spokesman for the ministry, said in a statement on August 31.

"We expect the culprits to receive severe punishment in accordance with law," Mr. Savinykh said.