The Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was arrested this Monday morning in the center of Minsk, according to witnesses of the events of the business newspaper ‘Bdg Delovaya Gazeta’ and Digital Tut.
Witnesses have assured that the opposition leader was captured by unknown persons while she was walking near the National Art Museum in the Belarusian capital and that she was put in a dark blue minibus with the word “communication” on it ‘.
Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, has confirmed that Kolesnikova has been arrested. “I received information about the arrest of Kolesnikova from the spokesman for the coordination committee,” he told the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Belarus has been in a serious crisis since the results of the presidential elections were announced in August, which the opposition has classified as fraudulent and which has led to the largest demonstrations in the country’s recent history.
In recent weeks, the Russian-backed regime led by Alexander Lukanshenko has stepped up its crackdown on protests by arresting dozens of demonstrators, as well as journalists and opposition activists.