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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lukashenko Foe Probed

MINSK, Belarus -- Belarussian prosecutors have stepped up their case against a former prime minister and current opposition leader, sanctioning his arrest and moving him from a temporary detention center to an interrogation cell.

Police had detained Mikhail Chigir on March 30, the day after he was registered as a candidate in presidential elections the opposition is hoping to hold this May to replace President Alexander Lukashenko. Police said Chigir was being interrogated as a witness in a criminal case against Belagroprombank, which he used to head.

However, on Friday police said that the state prosecutor had opened an investigation against Chigir himself on suspicion he embezzled $1 million.