Radio Svaboda journalists received information from the mailbox of the Belarusian Red Cross Society from "Kyberpartizan".

There was a letter that the Russian Red Cross sent to Dmitry Shautsov after his trip to the Donbass in the summer of 2023, with a demand to coordinate such trips.

While working on an investigation into the export of Ukrainian children for "re-education" to Belarus, Svaboda journalists found a letter addressed to the head of the Belarusian organization Dmitrii Shautsov from Russian colleagues in a collection of documents from the mailbox of the Belarusian Red Cross Society (BRC).

The letter is dated July 24, 2023 - just the day before Shautsov visited the occupied territory of the Donetsk region and that's when he put on camouflage with the letter Z on his sleeve.

In a letter to the BCHK, the chairman of the Russian Red Cross, Pavel Savchuk, expresses his concern about "mentions in the media, including, in a negative tone, about the visit of the leadership of the BCHK to the territory of Donbas."

"Given the broad public resonance, I would like to confirm the need for timely coordination of such visits with the RCK.

According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, the territories of the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions are part of Russia.

Based on the principle of unity, the BCHK, like other National Societies, when planning humanitarian missions on Russian territories, must obtain the consent of the BCHK for this," the letter says.

In the case of possible measures in the relations of the Belarusian Red Cross at the international level, Pavel Savchuk offered "expert and advisory assistance".

The data leaked from the mailbox of the Belarusian Society of the Red Cross, obtained by "Cyberpartisans", include expense reports, lists of employees with telephone numbers and addresses, correspondence between branches within Belarus, copies of documents, etc.

Their truth was confirmed to Svaboda, including the former ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus, Igor Kizim.

In 2022, he sent a request to the BCH with a request to provide information about citizens of Ukraine who are helped by the organization.

Svoboda journalists found this request among the BCHK letters, and Kizim confirmed its authenticity.

As for the letter of the RCK to the Belarusian colleagues, the target data of the file indicate that the document was drawn up on Monday, July 24, 2023 - the day that coincides with the date indicated on the document itself.

The Russian Red Cross did not confirm or deny the information about Savchuk's letter to Svaboda journalists.

The director of the department for international cooperation Anastasia Teneta, whose name and phone number as a contact person are indicated in Savchuk's letter to the BCH, replied as follows: "This is an internal correspondence.

[...] It is surprising that any letter can leak into the public space.

So, you have everything according to this letter."

The press service of the RCK reported that the last time they interacted with Belarusian colleagues was in the summer of last year - "on the occasion of trainings on emergency situations".

Freedom's official request to the Russian Red Cross was not answered at the time of publication of this text.

In December 2023, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies suspended the membership of the Belarusian Red Cross Society due to non-fulfillment of the demand to release Dmitry Shautsov from the position of Secretary General of the organization.

The International Federation's claims against Shautsov arose after his visits to the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia, as well as after he was accused of involvement in the movement of Ukrainian children from the occupied Ukrainian territories.

Due to the reluctance of the Belarusian organization to dismiss Shautsov, the International Federation suspended the membership of the Belarusian Red Cross Society and deprived it of funding.

On February 23, Dmytry Shevtsov, along with paralympian and pro-government activist Alyaksei Talai, were included in the 13th package of European Union sanctions for their participation in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.

See also:

How the Belarusian authorities help Russia to "re-educate" Ukrainian children.

Investigation of Freedom and "Schemes"

Journalists from Svoboda and the Ukrainian project "Scheme" investigated the issue of the removal of minors from the territories occupied by Russia - mainly from Lisichansk and Mariupol - to children's camps in Belarus and found out which organizations are involved in this, found parents of children who visited such institutions, and also received exclusive internal documents of the Belarusian Red Cross.