Moscow denies links between 33 Russians detained in Minsk and Belarusian opposition

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Moscow, Aug 1 (EFE) .- The statements by the Belarusian authorities about an alleged plot between 33 Russians detained near Minsk and the Belarusian opposition politicians Sergey Tijanovski and Nikolai Statkevich, prisoners in this country, are false today, declared the Consul of Russia in the capital of Belarus, Kiril Plétnev.

“The arrest warrant indicates that the group deliberately engaged in a plot with Tijanovski and Statkevich, which has nothing to do with reality,” he said on the Rossiya 24 channel.

The diplomatic representative claimed to have a copy of the arrest warrant that was presented to the 33 Russian citizens, in which “there is a biased attitude by the Belarusian authorities.”

In the early hours of July 29, Belarusian security forces arrested 33 alleged mercenaries of the Russian private military company known as the Wagner group, who were allegedly tasked with causing chaos in the country ahead of the 9 September presidential elections. next august.

The opposition, led by Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, Sergey’s wife, has distanced itself from the detained Russians and has condemned the authorities’ attempt to link them to their campaign.

Opposition blogger Tijanovski was detained last May while participating in an authorized electoral picket in the city of Grodno to collect signatures, which was attended by about a thousand people, like the former presidential candidate Statkévich, invalidated by the authorities and detained during the bell.

The presidential campaign has been unprecedented and has been marked by satiety with the “eternal” President Alexandr Lukashenko manifested by tens of thousands of Belarusians, by the arrests of candidates, activists and journalists, and by the rise of opposition candidate Svetlana Tijanóvskaya.

(c) EFE Agency

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