"In connection with the detention of S. Sapega, a Russian citizen, we would like to inform you that at this time S. Sapega, detained on the basis of Part 3 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code of Belarus, has been remanded in custody for house arrest. Now, the question of the possibility of our consular staff to visit S. Sapega as soon as possible is being resolved," the message says.
The BBC also notes that Sofia is currently alone in a rented apartment in Minsk, according to her parents. Sapega has been under house arrest for several days.
Sergey Dudich, Sofia’s stepfather, can't say whether the charges have been dropped to not to harm his daughter."
Opposition activist Roman Pratasevich was also placed under house arrest.
"It is difficult for me to comment on the actions of the authorities, what their goals are, maybe he is involved in some political game," said the detainee's father.
According to him, the charges against Sapega and Pratasevich have not been dropped.
"The lawyer doesn't say anything, the authorities don't say anything. If they changed pre-trial restrictions, it is an improvement of their living conditions. It is unknown what else will happen next," Roman's father Dmitry Pratasevich added.
At the same time, Sofia Sapega's lawyer also confirmed to the Dozhd publication that she had been placed under house arrest and expects that her fate will be decided positively in the near future. He noted that investigative actions are underway with the girl. The lawyer plans to meet with Sapega in the near future. He also noted that the girl has the opportunity to meet with relatives.
As it was reported earlier, Sofia Sapega with the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
The EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.