Belarusian Protest Leader Maria Kolesnikova is Being Held in Minsk

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Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova is being held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Her father Aleksander Kolesnikov said that to a local digital news portal on Wednesday, according to German media.


38-year-old Kolesnikova was picked up by masked men in the centre of Minsk on Monday and taken away in a minibus.

Since then, it was unclear where she was. On Tuesday, Belarusian border guards stated that she had been arrested while trying to cross the border into Ukraine.

The Opposition Coordination Council said Kolesnikova did not want to leave Belarus voluntarily. It turned out she had torn up her passport to avoid being deported.

Kolesnikova is a member of the council presidency and led the demonstrations against the president, Alexander Lukashenko.

She had also announced that she would set up a new party, together with Viktor Babariko who is also detained.

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