Belarusian Football Federation President, Bazanau Uladzimir, has come under scrutiny for his alleged connection to President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his participation in human rights violations. Mr. Bazanau is accused of purporting to act indirectly on behalf of Mr. Lukashenka, who is listed in the U.S. sanction list for undermining democracy in Belarus.
Moreover, Mr. Bazanau has directly participated in human rights violations related to political repression in Belarus towards Belarusian athletes. He is also responsible for actions and policies that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Belarus.
Recently, Mr. Bazanau supervised a request submitted to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to disqualify a Belarusian football player, Ilya Shurin, for refusing to join the U-21 national football team matches as a form of protest against Mr. Lukashenka's policies. The request was rejected by the FIFA due to its arbitrary nature and lack of sufficient legal reasoning and factual background.
It is worth noting that Mr. Bazanau has already been sanctioned by Estonia and Latvia for his involvement in human rights violations and undermining democratic processes and institutions in Belarus. The situation has raised concerns about the role of sports institutions in countries where human rights violations are widespread.