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Belarusian authorities drop fraud case against IT company ‘PandaDoc’

The felony fraud case opened against the Belarusian IT company “PandaDoc” amid last summer’s opposition protests has been closed, Belarus’s Attorney General’s Office announced on Monday, August 30.

According to a statement on Telegram, this decision was made after the defendants in the case — product director Viktor Kuvshinov and company director Dmitry Rabtsevich — “pleaded guilty in full and gave testimony about the circumstances of the crime.”

In addition, the Belarusian Attorney General’s Office said that the accused paid more than 77,000 Belarusian rubles ($30,585) in compensation for damages caused. 

Belarusian authorities opened a fraud case against PandaDoc’s top managers in September 2020, after the company’s founder Mikita Mikado openly expressed support for opposition protesters. The defendants in the case were charged with committing large-scale fraud through kickbacks from value added tax.

PandaDoc founder Mikita Mikado linked the criminal case to political repression. After the arrest of its top managers, PandaDoc announced that it was ceasing operations in Belarus and taking its employees out of the country. 

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