The member of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, Maria Kolésnikova, who together with Svetlana Tijanóvskaya and Verónica Tsepkalo, led the electoral campaign against President Alexander Lukashenko, has already been questioned by the Belarusian Instruction Committee after she was indicted yesterday for “attacking national security.”
His lawyer, Liudmila Kazak, just reported this in statements to Echo Moscow radio. According to her words,. Kolsnikova is accused of “making public calls to seize power violently”, a crime that could cost him five years in prison.
But all that the opposition leader has done has been to participate in the protest demonstrations and ask the power to dialogue with the opposition, after the fraudulent results of the elections that, according to official data, gave Lukashenko victory on 9 May. August. Since then, the mobilizations demanding that new elections be called have not stopped.
Kolésnikova was kidnapped in Minsk by masked men on 7 September and the next day they tried to deport her from the country, as they did with Tijanóvskaya in August. But, already at the checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, the activist tore her passport and ended up being arrested.
“He has absolutely no regrets about staying in Belarus in this not-so-trivial way, having broken his passport. Of course, she understands what she is facing, but for the sake of the goal she is pursuing, she is willing to endure and continue her fight, ”said her lawyer today. For now and until the trial is held, Kolésnikova will remain in preventive detention.
The entire opposition Coordination Council is being investigated in the framework of the criminal case opened for an attempt to seize power. The members of his presidium are imprisoned or deported to other countries. The only component of this structure created by the opposition to establish a line of negotiation with the authorities that is still at large in Belarusian territory is the Nobel Prize winner for literature Svetlana Alexievich.
Kolésnikova is the representative of the banker and candidate also removed from the fight for the presidency, Víctor Babariko. Independent polls granted him the highest intention to vote for the August 9 elections, but he was arrested on June 18 and remains in prison today. Therefore, Tijanóvskaya, Kolésnikova and Tsepkalo joined forces against the dictator. They appointed Tijanóvskaya as a candidate, whose husband is also in prison and could not attend the elections either.