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Missing Belarus Opposition Leader Detained At Ukraine Border

Maria Kolesnikova had joined forces with opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Minsk, Belarus:

One of Belarus’s main opposition figures Maria Kolesnikova has been detained whereas making an attempt to cross into Ukraine, border officers stated Tuesday. 

Kolesnikova was detained whereas trying to cross in a single day with two different members of the opposition’s Coordination Council who had been capable of cross via to Ukraine, Anton Bychkovsky, a spokesman for the State Border Committee, advised AFP.

She and the 2 different council members, press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and government secretary Ivan Kravtsov, had disappeared on Monday. 

Bychkovsky stated Rodnenkov and Kravtsov had been capable of cross into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk confirmed to AFP they had been within the nation.

Kolesnikova was being held and “an investigation is under way to legally assess the situation,” Bychkovsky stated. 

State information company Belta quoted border officers as saying the three had tried to cross the border in a BMW automobile round 4:00 am Tuesday.

The Coordination Council was arrange to make sure a peaceable switch of energy after President Alexander Lukashenko’s foremost rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya rejected his declare to have gained an August 9 presidential election with 80 % of the vote.

The disputed election has sparked widespread protests and a harsh police crackdown that has seen a number of thousand folks arrested.

Germany and Britain had on Monday demanded solutions after Kolesnikova went lacking and allies stated she had been snatched off the streets by unidentified males in black.

Kolesnikova, 38, is the one one of many trio of ladies who fronted Tikhanovskaya’s marketing campaign to stay in Belarus.

Tikhanovskaya left the nation below stress from the authorities and was granted refuge in EU member state Lithuania, whereas her different marketing campaign associate, Veronika Tsepkalo, is now in Ukraine.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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