Belarus musician emerges as a key opposition activist

Belarus musician emerges as a key opposition activist

Ukraine confirmed that Kravtsov and Rodnenkov had crossed the border but said Kolesnikova had resisted moves to force her to leave Belarus.

Along with other opposition activists, Kolesnikova was summoned for questioning as part of an official investigation against the Coordination Council.

On August 14, former candidate Tikhanovskaya formed the Belarus Coordination Council, a group aimed at annulling the election results.

"You must not only give a legal assessment to the actions of their organizers and agitators, but mount a stronger, more powerful prosecutorial response", he said.

Deputy Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said on Facebook that Ms Kolesnikova had successfully prevented "a forcible expulsion from her native country".

Russian Federation has been wary of unrest on its borders since Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution and 2014 Maidan protests, events in which it says the West backed the protesters.

His lawyer, Dmitry Laevsky, later said Znak had been arrested because of his membership of the opposition-run Coordination Council, which the government has deemed illegal.

Another leading Belarus opposition figure has been arrested, as the authorities continue to crack down on dissent.

Kolesnikova, 38, is the only one of the trio of women who fronted Tikhanovskaya's campaign still in Belarus.

Kolesnikova and the team of Babariko said last month that they were forming a new political party called Together.

The disputed election has sparked demonstrations that have seen tens of thousands take the streets of the ex-Soviet country of 9.5 million on Russia's western borders, in an unprecedented challenge to Lukashenko's 26 years in power.

According to Kolesnikova, she was threatened with up to 25 years in prison if she refused to leave the country.

The Coordination Council said its press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and executive secretary Ivan Kravtsov had also disappeared, while police said they had no information on detentions.

It was only on Wednesday afternoon that Ms Kolesnikova's father was officially notified that she is being kept in a detention centre in Minsk.

Opposition associates of Kolesnikova state she tore her up in the Belarus-Ukraine boundary to prevent being forced from the country.

Maria Kolesnikova said in a formal complaint released by her lawyer that agents of Belarus' state security committee put a bag on her head and drove her to the border with Ukraine before she fought her removal from Belarus and was jailed.

Protesters are seeking his resignation.Tsikhanouskaya and other opposition leaders have called for a dialogue with the government and a new election.

Tikhanovskaya left the country under pressure from the authorities and was granted refuge by European Union member Lithuania.

She warned that the arrests of opposition activists will not end protests.

Znak only had time to text message "masks" before they took the phone away from him, German said.

'Rodnenkov, Kravtsov and Kolesnikova passed the customs border control in a BMW vehicle and headed for Ukraine, ' said spokesman Anton Bychkovsky.

Writer Svetlana Alexievich, victor of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, accused the authorities on Wednesday of terrorising their own people.

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