Sofia Sapega, girlfriend of dissident and journalist Roman Protasevich, was also arrested in Minsk after the Ryanair plane they were traveling on suffered an emergency landing in Belarus.
Influential Belarusian opposition member Svetlana Tijanovskaya has confirmed the arrest of the Russian-born citizen and called for their “immediate” release. In her Twitter account, the opponent of Alexander Lukashenko’s government emphasized the importance of “opening an international investigation”.
“We have to end the impunity of the Lukashenko regime,” he added. She confirmed that she had an “important” conversation with the Polish government and expressed her gratitude for condemning the Belarusian actions in “forcing the landing of a civilian plane carrying foreign citizens”.
Sapega flew to Vilnius with Protasevich in Athens on Sunday, where he studied at the European University of Human Sciences (EHU). The young woman had to move to Lithuania in 2004 to study.
In a statement, the university center requested his release, warning that there have been no grounds for his arrest since he took the flight to attend his courses. For the EHU, he was arrested after an “operation by the Belarusian authorities”.