The commander of the border checkpoint "Kapchamesis", located at the junction of the borders of Belarus, Poland and Lithuania,

Algis Kisialus

said that, in addition to irregular migrants, citizens of Belarus are also trying to cross the border.

As a rule, they escape from the regime of the "illegally elected president" Lukashenka, writes the publication.

The number of refugees from Belarus has increased recently.

As the border guard

Yudziavichus

told , usually Belarusians fleeing from the regime are tried for participation in protests, for various critical or mocking comments to the authorities on the Internet.

"Mainly, Belarusians in wetsuits arrive through Nyoman.

If we do not notice, they themselves seek the authorities, seek refuge.

Most often, they present some documents that prove that they have been convicted, but this court decision has not yet entered into legal force," said

Kiselyus

.

He said that one of the fugitives showed the court ruling, from which it was concluded that he was convicted for the comment: "With such a headstrong president as A. Lukashenka, we are still a long way from Washington."

Lithuanian border guards interrogate Belarusians who ask for asylum in Lithuania, accept their documents and hand them over to other services.

The asylum decision is within the competence of the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The border guards noted that among those fleeing from repression in Belarus, there were people of different ages and professions - there were both students and "theatre managers".

At the moment, in "Kapchamestis" they note a decrease in the migration flow across the border.

If last year 2700 migrants were detained here, this year - 250 people.

Lithuanian border guards attribute the decrease in the flow to the construction of barriers by Poland and Lithuania, as well as the dissemination of information about them among migrants.

Monitoring systems also allow border guards to react more quickly to attempts to violate the border, they arrive on the spot and often migrants abandon their plans, returning deep into the territory of Belarus.

Migrants try to use ladders to get over the barrier.

According to border guards, the detainees said that they were able to order such stairs from taxi drivers for $250.

Border guards also suspect Belarusian services of helping migrants, but it is difficult to prove it.

There are currently no operative contacts between the border services of the two countries.

Earlier, according to Kisialyus, Belarusian border guards refused to talk to their Lithuanian colleagues, citing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and later, when the migration crisis began, Belarus stopped communicating altogether.

Migrant crisis - 2021. Basic

  • In July 2021, Alexander Lukashenko said that due to sanctions, Belarus will no longer curb illegal migration to EU countries.

    First of all, large flows of migrants went to Lithuania, as of September - more than 4.2 thousand people from Asian and African countries.

    Then Latvia and Poland felt the tension on their borders.

  • Responding to the crisis, Lithuania and Poland started building a wall on the border with Belarus.

  • The governments of Lithuania, and then Latvia and Poland, in the summer of 2021 made the legislation on illegal crossing of the state border significantly stricter, and also sent reinforcements from military units to the border areas with Belarus.

    Lukashenka was accused of facilitating illegal migration to EU countries.

  • Migrants in refugee camps in Lithuania repeatedly staged riots and tried to escape.

  • Since September, the Polish authorities have started detaining and deporting people who help migrants cross the border illegally.

    Among them are citizens of Poland, and citizens of Belarus, Asian countries, including some persons who have a residence permit in the countries of the European Union.

  • Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed confidence that the scenario of "hybrid aggression" against the European Union was not developed by Minsk independently, but in close cooperation with Moscow.

  • On September 27, Stanislaw Zharin, the spokesman for the coordinator of Poland's special services, said that 20% of detained migrants have ties to Russia, as evidenced by the evidence found.

    The Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kaminski said that Belarusian border guards give psychotropic drugs to migrants, including children.

  • On September 30, PARE categorically condemned the practice of returning migrants "to a third country where they cannot be guaranteed international protection", and reminded Latvia, Lithuania and Poland of the ban on collective expulsion of foreigners.

  • On October 8, Warsaw declared that it interprets the behavior of the Belarusian side as "aggressive actions against Poland".

    A number of video evidences appeared that Belarusian border guards not only do not stop migrants, but also actively help them cross the Polish border illegally.

  • Since the beginning of the migration crisis, at least 9 people have died on the borders of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania.

  • On the morning of November 8, on the Belarusian side of the border, a large column of several hundred migrants was noticed, who, accompanied by armed security forces, moved to the barbed wire on the border with Poland, trying to cross the border.

    According to various estimates, their number was from 2 to 4 thousand people.

    Many received visas at the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Ankara, Turkish airlines participate in the transfer of migrants to Belarus.

  • In the following days, the migrants, with the assistance of the Belarusian security forces, became a camp on the border strip.

    Kurd from Iraq Rebaz Najm Hama Said told Svaboda that the Belarusian police is helping to cut trees for bonfires on Belarusian territory.

    Some groups managed to break into Polish territory, but the military detained all violators.

  • On November 10, MEP Radoslav Sikorski said that the border crisis was initiated with the support of Moscow, and Lukashenka should be recognized as a terrorist and handed over to the International Tribunal.

    A number of other European politicians also expressed their confidence that Putin, with the help of Lukashenka, is loosing Europe, calls were heard for the European Union to act actively, and not to wait.

  • On November 11, Russian Tu-22M3 bombers began patrolling the borders of the Belarusian airspace.

    They belong to the Russian Aerospace Forces.

  • On November 11, the German Federal Police stated that more than a thousand migrants who used Belarus as a transit country entered the country in the first days of November alone.

  • Since August, Polish border guards have stopped more than 33,000 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus, compared to 88 last year.

  • On November 15, more than 3,000 migrants gathered at the Belarusian border crossing "Bruzhga" in front of the Polish border line, strengthened by temporary barricades and ranks of the Polish military.

  • According to Lukashenka's press secretary Natalya Eismant, there are a total of about 7,000 migrants in Belarus who hope to get to Germany.

  • On November 22, Berlin refused to accept about 2,000 people from the Middle East who arrived in Belarus after the Lukashenka regime organized the migrant crisis.

  • On November 25, migrants held a protest at the border, declaring that they do not want to return to their countries.

  • About 4,500 migrants left Belarus on more than ten evacuation flights to Iraq and Syria in November-December.

  • At the beginning of 2022, the terms of construction of fences on the border with Belarus became known.

    Poland noted that the fence will be completed by the end of June, and Lithuania by autumn.