The mother of one of the two 26-year-olds said she had received official notification of the execution of her son, Vladislav Kovalyov. State television reported late Saturday that both Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov had been put to death, which in Belarus is done with a gunshot to the back of the head.
Human rights activists condemned the hasty executions, saying they deprived society of the opportunity to learn the truth.
“The government was in a rush to throw a white shroud over all the contradictions and discrepancies in the case,” activist Lyudmila Gryaznova said Sunday. “The execution of the so-called ‘terrorists,’ whose guilt remains under suspicion, gives the appearance that the government is concealing the traces of the crime.”
The men were convicted in November of planting a bomb in Minsk’s busiest subway station that killed 15 people and wounded more than 300 in April.
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Mr. Gauck is a former pastor who opposed East Germany’s then-communist regime and became head of a federal agency overseeing the files of the communists’ ubiquitous domestic intelligence service after Germany’s reunification in 1990.
Mr. Gauck appeared moved as he accepted the election to become the country’s new head of state, a largely ceremonial role in Germany that has little executive power but is considered an important moral authority.
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