This Monday a video in which the Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich appears, who was arrested in Minsk on Sunday after the emergency landing of a flight between Athens and Vilnius and in which he assures that he is fine and that he is receiving correct treatment.
The Belarusian independent medium TUT’s Twitter channel released the video, assuring that it was from a government-affiliated Telegram channel, an extreme that has not been confirmed.
This would be the information about the whereabouts of Protasevich since he left the plane, which was arrested by security forces after the Belarusian authorities forced the plane to land in an incident already condemned by the EU and its allies.
Protasevich was in exile searching for and arresting crimes related to triggering protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The activist and a woman who were also on the Ryanair flight were arrested in Minsk, the Russian embassy in Belarus reported in a message published on Facebook. The woman would be Protasevich’s partner, a Russian citizen.
Belarusian official media indicated that the diversion of the plane was ordered by direct decision of President Lukashenko, who received information about the possible presence of a bomb on the plane. The president was also the one who ordered an escort with a MiG-29 fighter plane, according to the BelTA news agency.
Protasevich’s father, Dimitri Protasevich, said in an interview with the Belarusian broadcaster Svoboda that he was convinced that “not only the Belarusian secret service is involved”, but that he had also pointed out Russia’s involvement.
“The operation is so profound that it spits on the entire international community and their opinions,” he said, describing this deviation from the airplane as a “terrorist act”.