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Belarus protest leader detained at border as Lukashenko rejects dialogue


By Pavel PolityukKyiv – Prominent opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was detained by Belarusian authorities, a border official said, after thwarting what a Ukrainian government minister described as an attempt to expel her from Belarus.The Interfax Ukraine news agency said the activist had deliberately ripped up her passport so that Ukrainian border officials would not be able to let her through.Deputy Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said Kolesnikova, who had been missing for the previous 24 hours, had successfully prevented “a forcible expulsion from her native country”.Soon after the incident, President Alexander Lukashenko told Russian reporters that he would not rule …read more

Source:: Independent Online

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