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The interrogation of a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council of the opposition of Belarus Maria Kolesnikova, who’s in remand jail no. 1 in Minsk, is to start on Thursday morning, September 10. Lawyer Lyudmila Kazar, who met with Kolesnikova, introduced this the day earlier than.

According to her, “in the pre-trial detention center, Maria received help: her blood pressure rose and her heart was worried. Her body had bruises, her hands ached, as she was pushed into the car and held by force.” In this regard, Ghazar intends to use to the investigator for a forensic medical examination.

In addition, the protection will even file a press release on the very fact of threats to Kolesnikova. “Maria additionally confronted threats of bodily violence, which, being within the GUBOPiK constructing, couldn’t understand besides as actual,” the defender stated. Her shopper doesn’t have any paperwork on the detention, she was solely handed a decree on the choice of a safety measure within the type of detention.

Why Kolesnikova was arrested

Maria Kolesnikova was arrested on suspicion of requires actions aimed on the detriment of Belarus’s exterior safety, its sovereignty, territorial integrity, nationwide safety and protection (article 361, half 3 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus), stated the politician’s father Alexander Kolesnikov on September 9. Under this text, she might face from two to 5 years in jail.

A search was carried out in Kolesnikova’s residence. Before that, for 2 days it was not identified the place the detainee was, her legal professionals weren’t supplied with any data. On the identical day, after the search, Kolesnikova’s lawyer Ilya Salei was additionally detained; he’s charged with violation of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code of Belarus on calls to motion to the detriment of the exterior safety of the nation, the press service of the headquarters of Viktor Babariko stated.

Abduction of Kolesnikova

The French Foreign Ministry spoke out towards the compelled expulsion of members of the Coordination Council from Belarus, the FRG authorities in contrast the makes an attempt to export Belarusian oppositionists overseas with “the spirit of the Wild West.”

Earlier, on September 8, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated that Washington was “deeply involved” by stories of the kidnapping of members of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kolesnikova, Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov in Belarus on September 7, in addition to an try and forcibly expel them to Ukraine.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Maria Kolesnikova

One of the closest associates of ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, head of Viktor Babariko’s marketing campaign headquarters, Maria Kolesnikova, was kidnapped on September 7 within the middle of Minsk. On the morning of September 8, the State Border Committee of Belarus introduced that she, along with Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov, had left for Ukraine. Later, the border committee stated that she was detained on the border, and Rodnenkov and Kravtsov reported that Kolesnikova resisted the compelled expulsion from Belarus, tore her passport, after which she was detained by Belarusian border guards.

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