During the week, Belarus has been heavily questioned as the host of the hockey World Cup next year, due to all the unrest and accusations of electoral fraud in the country.

Baskov, who is suspected of witnessing the fatal beating of regime critic Roman Bondarenko, denies the allegations.

"These are serious allegations, and the IIHF is in the process of gathering facts regarding this incident," the International Hockey Federation's communications director Adam Steiss wrote in an email to SVT Sport yesterday.

"Was at the place"

According to Aleksandr Opejkin, chairman of the Solidarity Fund for Sport in Belarus, Baskov has often been seen in places where protests have been staged.

- According to witnesses, he was also in this place at this time, Opejkin says to SVT's foreign reporter Elin J├Ânsson.

Now pictures are being spread, taken the night where the fatal beating took place.

In addition, there is a recorded conversation between Baskov and President Alexander Lukashenko's press secretary Natalya Eismont, where they are heard planning for the visit to the farm in question on the evening of the assault.

The source behind the recording is unknown, but there is no doubt that it is Baskov's voice, says Opejkin.

SVT has unsuccessfully applied to the Baskov and Belarus ice hockey federations.

Bondarenko was buried on Friday and about 5,000 people gathered in the capital Minsk to honor his memory.