Belarus protest: Maria Kolanikova charged under security law


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image CaptionMs Kolsnikova is said to have snatched her passport when security officials tried to leave her country.

Officials said that Belarusian protest organizer Maria Kolenikova has been accused of inciting to undermine national security.

The three women are leading a massive opposition movement, but she is the only woman not to go into exile.

Ms Kolnikova is said to have snatched her passport when authorities tried to drive her out of the country.

For the past five Sundays, at least 100,000 people have protested what was widely seen as a rigged election.

President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in the August 9 poll, but a ruthless action in initial protests against the result only aroused popular anger.

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Svetlana Tikankovskaya, who stood against Mr Lukashenko as the opposition candidate, said she won the election. Shortly afterwards he was forced to flee to Lithuania.

The third of three women, Veronica Tsepalko, has also left the country.

Mr Lukashenko remains in power and is recognized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who on Monday lent $ 1.5 billion (£ 1.2 billion) after face-to-face talks between the two men.
Last week, eyewitnesses saw 38-year-old Ms. Kolenikova being seized by masked people.
She was taken to the Ukrainian border with two others, but she stopped the officers forcibly tearing her passport and throwing it out of the car window, with people who were traveling with her.
Media captionIvan Kravtsov says Ms. Kolenikova tore her passport into pieces and then climbed through the rear car window

“It was said that if I did not voluntarily leave the Republic of Belarus, I would be evicted somehow, alive or in bits. I was also threatened with imprisonment for 25 years,” she said in one of her statements Was. lawyer.

On Wednesday, the investigative committee said in a statement that Ms. Kolenikova was accused of using media and internet on Monday to call for “action aimed at reducing Belarusian national security.”

Dr. Tikhanovskaya told the BBC that Russia was ready to talk to Russia about his efforts to oust Mr Lukashenko.

She said she regrets President Putin’s decision by Mr. Lukashenko, whom she said was a dictator.

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