‘Masked Men’ Detain Another Belarus Opposition Figure, Maxim Znak

Incident comes day after detention of another prominent opposition figure.

Sohil Nikam

September 10, 2020

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Maxim Znak, one of the last people at large from the Belarusian opposition’s Coordination Council, has been detained in Minsk by “masked men,” according to his colleagues. This came a day after the country’s most prominent opposition figure, Maria Kolesnikova, was detained at the Ukrainian border after she prevented authorities from expelling her by tearing up her passport and jumping out of a car. Znak was supposed to participate in a video call but did not show up, instead, sending the word “masks” to the group.

The situation in Belarus went into chaos last month after allegations were levelled against President Alexander Lukashenko for rigging the latest elections. Also known as Europe’s last remaining dictator, Lukashenko and his government had ordered heavy crackdowns on the massive protests that had erupted in the country following the announcement of the election results. He is now preparing to head to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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