: Belarusian brothers with ties to Belgium say the Russian media got it wrong: they're no terrorists

12:23 Mar. 23, 2016

Belarusian brothers with ties to Belgium say the Russian media got it wrong: they're no terrorists

Roads in the European quarter of Brussels are closed in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Zaventem airport and Maebeek metro station. (Getty Images)

Brothers from Belarus previously condemned of blasts in Brussels by Russian media are no terrorists, Meduza reports 

According to new reports, Belgian officials say they do not consider two Belarusian men to be suspects in the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.

In the hours after the attacks on March 22, several Russian media outlets reported that Alexey and Ivan Dovbash potentially played a role in the bombings, but the men told a local branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that this is untrue, according to Meduza.

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Ivan Dovbash says he reached out directly to Belgian law enforcement, when he and his brother learned of the rumors circulating about their alleged involvement in the attacks. "They told us that they hadn't heard anything about it, and they don't have anything against us," Ivan Dovbash said.

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In an interview with Euroradio, Alexey Dovbash said he's encountered "no problems" with Belgian police, and "calmly" moves about within the European Union. He says Belgian police called the rumor "just local gossip," and said they aren't paying it any attention.


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