According to FlightRadar, the airliner took off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport at about 16:00 Moscow time and landed at Minsk National Airport at 17:17. Note that Vnukovo is used as a base for a special-purpose aviation detachment.
The aircraft belongs to the Tu-214VPU modification. It is known only about one liner of this modification with such a registration number. "Business Online" wrote that the order for this aircraft was received in 2011 from the united aviation detachment of special forces of the FSB.
- General Director of JSC KAPO im. Gorbunova " Vasil Kayumov reported on "receiving a technical assignment for an aircraft for the FSB," the newspaper wrote.
The abbreviation VPU stands for "high-altitude control point".
In 2013, the airliner was handed over to the FSB, it follows from the message of the Tupolev's official website, the photos distributed by the Tupolev press service show the aircraft's registration number - RA64523.
RBC points to open sources, which say that the airliner is used by FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov for flights.
We remind that protest actions have been going on in Belarus since August 9. Citizens oppose the results of the presidential elections, in which, according to official data, Alexander Lukashenko won with 80% of the vote. Lukashenko's victory raised serious doubts not only among Belarusian citizens, but also in the European Union - some countries refused to recognize the results of the vote.
Earlier it was reported that military equipment was moving towards the border with Belarus. Eyewitnesses indicated that they were observing convoys of military vehicles without numbers on the E95 and M1 highways. It was also said that trucks of the National Guard without identification marks were driving along Russian federal highways.
Note that Lukashenka announced his readiness to attract Russian military assistance in case of aggravation of the situation in the republic. The Russian side agreed to provide such assistance only in the presence of an "external threat".