WASHINGTON, February 28 (Itar-Tass) - The U.S. administration has imposed sanctions on six high-ranking Belarusian officials, including the country's chief prosecutor, the minister of education and the finance minister. Their assets in the United States have been frozen and a ban has been introduced on their business contacts with American citizens.
The fact the six officials were members of the Belarusian leadership, which Washington classifies as "repressive" served as ground for the punitive measures. Several people from the new blacklist published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday took an active part in hounding the civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus after the 2006 presidential elections.
In 2006, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on ten Belarusian leaders, including President Alexander Lukashenko, on order from President George W. Bush.