RIGA - Belarusian businessman Aliaksandr Shakutsin (Aleksandr Shakutin) was sanctioned two years ago for benefiting from and supporting the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

But this investigation showed that all this time he and his family continued to earn money in EU, despite the ban from Brussels. Also, we have exposed previously unknown facts how Shakutsin's business in Belarus is actually based on state subsidies, signed off by Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

According to the most rough estimates, the maintenance of this family business has cost the budget about $100 million in the past few years.

Team members

Stanislau Ivashkevich

Stanislau Ivashkevich is a Belarusian investigative journalist at Belsat TV.

Stanislau Ivashkevich

Šarūnas Černiauskas

Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, Šarūnas Černiauskas leads Siena.lt.

Šarūnas Černiauskas

BIC - Belarusian Investigative Center

The Belarusian Investigation Center (based in Czechia), as a media outlet that investigates corruption and exposes fake news, is committed to the principles of transparency, accuracy, and responsibility.

Belarusian Investigative Center

Edouard Perrin

Edouard Perrin is a French investigative reporter.

Edouard Perrin

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