Belarus opposition says authorities threaten to kill her World News


Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolsnikova, who ripped off her passport to avoid forced deportation this week, says security officials placed a bag over her head and threatened to kill her in response.

Kolsnikova, a trained flautist and music teacher who has emerged as a painter of protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko, said she was told by security officials that she would be fired from Belarus in “living or bits” , When he strangled them. There are plans to tear her passport on the border in Ukraine and dump it.

“According to a complaint filed by her lawyer, I was also threatened with imprisonment for up to 25 years,” Kolsnikova said.

The news site Tut.By said that Kolnikova’s lawyer, Lyudmila Kazak, filed a criminal complaint against the KGB security police against Belarusian authorities, including kidnapping, illegal detention and threatening to kill.

The complaint was submitted to the state inquiry committee. Asked for comment, a representative of the committee, Sergei Kabkovic, said: “At the present time I have no information about this.”

Kolenikova’s complaint included the names and ranks of the individual officers of the KGB and the organized crime agency whom she accused of threatening her, and said that she would be able to identify them.

She is now being held in the capital Minsk, where Kazak said she was being questioned on Thursday. Kazak saw his client at a pre-trial detention center on Wednesday and said he had bruises on his body.

Lukashenko denied rigging in the August 9 election, the official results of which said he won by a landslide, and broke out over protesters demanding his resignation. He refused to talk to the opposition, saying it was bent on ruining the country.


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Despite a month of opposition to the election results and subsequent police violence, Lukashenko has made it clear that he will not step down, saying that he would rather die than leave power. Inaugurating a new chief prosecutor on Thursday, Lukashenko repeated his unmodified line.

“I want to tell you like a man … People often reprimand me: ‘He won’t give power.’ They are right to curse me. People did not choose me for this, “he said.

“Power is not given, thrown away, and left,” he said, adding that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country should not return to anarchy in the 1990s.

In the month following the disputed election, almost all prominent opposition leaders were arrested, ran away or forced to leave the country.

The only member of the seven-man Presidium of the Coordinating Council for Opposition to Independence and Independence in Belarus is author Svetlana Alexević, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. On Wednesday, he accused the officers of terrorizing his own people and said that unknown people had knocked on the doors of his apartment. Diplomats from seven European countries came to her flat to help protect her.

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, has retained the support of his key ally, Vladimir Putin. The pair are due to meet in Moscow next week, which is likely to prove important. The West has so far been cautious about taking a firm action that could provoke Russian intervention, although the European Union is preparing a list of Belarusian authorities to target with sanctions.

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