The BBC Russian Service reports that the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Belarusian Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich has been placed under house arrest.
Despite yesterday’s statements by the Belarusian president, in response to the EU’s imposition of economic sanctions, regarding a possible martial law and the “Show the scoundrels” type, today Roman Protasevich is at large (relative, still house arrest). This was announced by the father of the oppositionist, Dmitry:
“It is difficult for me to comment on the actions of the authorities, what are their goals. Maybe a political game is going on. “
Russian woman Sofya Sapega, detained together with Roman, was also previously transferred under house arrest.
On June 3, in an interview with Protasevich to the Belarusian state TV channel, he acknowledged his role in organizing the riots in the Belarusian capital, announced foreign funding of the opposition movement and assured that he wanted to “fix everything and live an ordinary calm life.”
This was followed by a press conference of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, where Protasevich took part and confirmed the version of the authorities about the reasons for the landing of the Ryanair airline flying on the Athens-Vilnius route. Roman’s mother explained his behavior with a desire to “save himself, as well as the life of his girlfriend.”