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Opposition leader arrested in Belarus
14:37, 27 August 2017
Opposition leader arrested in Belarus

Statkevich was accused of participating in an unauthorized rally in Minsk on July 3

14:37, 27 August 2017

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Mikalai Statkevich, one of the leaders of Belarusian opposition, was detained for 5 days, as his wife Marina Adamovich wrote on Facebook.

In the beginning of August, the court made a verdict on Statkevich’s “arrest in absentia” for 15 days, so it’s unclear how long he will stay in detention, his wife noted.

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Statkevich was accused of participating in an unauthorized rally in Minsk on July 3. On Belarus’s Independence Day, around 200 people went on a rally against joint military drills West-2017 with Russia. The opposition leader called for another rally in the beginning if September.

Statkevich was a presidential candidate in Belarus in 2010. After the elections he accused Alexander Lukashenko of electoral fraud. He was arrested and imprisoned for 5 years. After his release in 2015, Statkevich announced his intention to continue political struggle.

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