Belarus: Raman Protacevic and Sofia Sabiga under house arrest

at Belarus Arrested blogger Roman Protasewicz and his girlfriend Sovja Sabiga are now said to be under house arrest. The leader of the Belarusian opposition participated in this Swetlana Tichanowskaja in exile in the European Union.

The arrest of Protasevich and his girlfriend led to severe criticism in the West and the imposition of new sanctions. Belarusian authorities had a Ryanair passenger plane bound from Athens to Vilnius to one on May 23 Forced stop in Minsk. Subsequently, blogger and opposition activist Protasevich, who was traveling on the plane, and his girlfriend Sabiga were arrested there. Ruler Alexander Lukashenko After the operation, in which a fighter plane was also boarded, it was criticized for seriously interfering with air traffic.

The Russian Embassy in Minsk also announced that Sabiga was under house arrest. The BBC, citing Protasevich’s father, reported that his son is no longer in prison. At first there was no confirmation from the authorities in Minsk.

Tichanovskaya: “Hostages” of the Lukashenko regime

“Neither the official authorities nor our lawyers have confirmed this to us yet,” the blogger’s mother, Natalia Protasewicz, told dpa news agency. All that was known through their private channels is that their son’s “preventive measures” have been changed, but the charges against the prosecution remain. The 46-year-old, who lives in exile in Poland, said her daughter, who lives in Minsk, went to an address given to her on Thursday evening, met her brother there and handed him food and clothes.

Tichanovskaya spoke of “good news.” She emphasized at the same time: “House arrest – this is not freedom.” Protasevich and Sabega are “hostages” of the Lukashenko regime, they are still accused and are under the pressure of their tormentors. In addition, there are still more than 500 prisoners in Belarusian prisons.

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