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57-year-old resident of Vaukavysk 6 months translated “psychics” more than 40 thousand dollars. The woman believed that they will help her family recover from alcoholism.

This was reported by representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Realizing that the problem is not solved, and she had been deceived, the woman went to the police.

For fraud Vaukavysk district Department of the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case under part 4 of article 209 of the criminal code, “Fraud committed by an organized group or in especially large size”.

Advertising in the media

According to the victim, the phone “healer”, which supposedly eliminates the problems with alcoholism, she learned from a television broadcast. The therapy sessions were to be held at a distance. As a result, “treatment” relative resident of Vaukavysk from October to March transferred mail “psychics” over $36 thousand and 250 thousand Russian rubles.

As explained by the “AIF” representatives of the Ministry of trade of the Republic of Belarus, 2008, when amendments were made to the Law “On advertising”, the country has banned advertising of services, hypnotists, psychics, fortune tellers, spiritualists, astrologers, sorcerers, soothsayers, and other persons claiming or believed to be able to predict events, influence people, their spiritual world, property, environment potamophobia supernatural abilities or forces. In addition, advertising of the training services specified activity.

In Mintorgovli clarify that the Law “On advertising” shall apply to any funds which may accommodate advertising, no matter whether it is newspaper, Internet, television, radio, an ad on the pole on the street or when the person simply walks along the Avenue and offers its services. However, enterprising “healers” find loopholes and covertly invited to the sessions of gullible people via the Internet. Plus effectively by “word of mouth”. As for the victim from Vaukavysk, it is likely that she saw the promotional video for one of foreign channels, where the advertising of such services is not prohibited.

Regulation

As has told “AIF” lawyer Ivan LADYGA, in the Republic of Belarus does not set legal prohibition and there is no legal liability for the activities relating to divination, magic, witchcraft, and the work of hypnotists, psychics, astrologers and soothsayers. However, if the individual is using the divination, magic, hypnosis, etc. as an active method of deception, causing seizes money or property of the injured person, such action will be classified as a fraud, i.e. a crime under article 209 of the Criminal code of the Republic of Belarus.

According to the lawyer, the activities of hypnotists, psychics, fortune-tellers, astrologers, sorcerers and soothsayers never have been licensed in Belarus. Although certain types of alternative medicine previously was subject to licensing, for example: acupressure, thermopuncture and electro-acupuncture diagnosis, pulse diagnosis, etc. On the basis of the Order of the Ministry of health of the Republic of Belarus dated 13.09.1999, No. 282 “About the types of medical activities subject to licensing in the Republic of Belarus” was carried out the licensing of listed activities. However, in the subsequent Decree of the Ministry of health dated 29.01.2004, the issuance of such licenses was cancelled.

– Unfortunately, today the Internet is full of advertising activities of such individuals that offer services related to divination, the removal of damage, magic, spell, etc., although advertisement of such actions subject to administrative liability, adds Ivan Ladyga. – According to article 12.15 Code of the Republic of Belarus on administrative offences violation of the legislation on advertising shall entail the imposition of a fine in the amount of from five to thirty basic units (Br900 thousand up to Br5,4 million), for an individual entrepreneur – from ten to forty basic units (Br1. 8 to 7.2 million) and legal entity – from twenty to fifty basic units (Br3,6 to 9 million). However, these standards in respect of “healers” for various reasons, are not fully.

Be careful

It turns out that advertising the services of magicians and psychics is forbidden and their activities – no. As a rule, to fortune-tellers and shamans are people who have different kind of problems or just want to “see” the future. However, it is difficult to determine whether a charlatan or not. Someone calling themselves clairvoyants may indeed endowed with some super powers, but most simply possess knowledge of human psychology and use human weaknesses.

If you still want to seek the services of a sorcerer, psychic, or astrologer – it’s your right. But, in order to defend themselves, there needs to be proof that you paid them. It must be a contract for the provision of services with indication of cash or receipt of payment of these services.

In turn, representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus warns against hasty actions of citizens relying on the superpowers of others.

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