Two members of the Coordination Council formed by the Belarusian opposition were arrested by the security forces in Minsk, the police themselves reported, which has confirmed the start of an “administrative” trial against them.
The director of the council, Anton Radniankov, has identified the detainees as Olga Kovalkova and Sergei Dilevski, while a police spokeswoman quoted by the Russian agency Sputnik has assured that they were arrested “as part of an administrative investigation” without further investigation.
The opposition alliance is in the crosshairs of the authorities due to the protests triggered after the elections on August 9, in which Alexander Lukashenko, according to official information, received a sixth term as president with more than 80 percent of the votes. The opposition suspects fraud.
Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the Coordinating Council for allegedly committing crimes, while Lukashenko has accused his political rivals of trying to “seize power” and denouncing alleged hidden interests in the wave of protests.