One year after her husband’s imprisonment, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tichanowskaja Called for solidarity with all political prisoners. 38-year-old called from exile Lithuania For rallies around the world, including Roman Protasavits, a critic of the jailed government.
The blogger was arrested last Sunday in Minsk after forcing the Ryanair passenger plane to land. This process significantly eroded the country’s already strained relations with the West. His girlfriend Sofja Saphega, a Russian woman, was arrested along with Protasevich.
Restrictions against prominent figures in governance
After the forced landing, the European Union decided on sanctions. The United States now followed: How Joe Bidens Spokesman Jane saki Announced that punitive measures against nine Belarusian state-owned companies would re-apply in the coming weeks.
America Seeks to formulate targeted sanctions against “key figures in governance” in consultation with the European Union and other partners. The US State Department also issued a travel warning for the former Soviet republic. US aviation authority FAA warns airlines to fly Belarus To take “extreme caution”.
European Union promises Arabs to Belarus – with democratic change
In addition to the sanctions, the European Union promised Belarus a three billion euro support package. However, it should be activated only when the country has started the »democratic transition. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Esselborn The WDR stated that the next target was a “list of those responsible” who organized the robbery. In addition, they continue to work on economic sanctions.
“My children and I miss Sergei every day,” 38-year-old Tikhonovskaya wrote of her imprisoned husband Twitter. Sergei Tichanowski wanted to run against Lukashenko in the presidential election last August, but was arrested in late May. He faces several years in prison. His wife ran away instead.
The presidential elections were held in Belarus last August. After 26 years in power, Lukashenko was declared election winner for the sixth consecutive time – with more than 80 percent of the vote. The democracy movement, however, sees Tichhanovskaya as the new president. The European Union – like most other countries – did not recognize the election, which was largely overshadowed by manipulation. There were large-scale protests in Belarus against the officially announced election results, against which the power system continues to operate brutally even today.
Lukashenko sought support from Kremlin chief over weekend Vladimir Putin. The two met on the Black Sea in Sochi. In an initial five-hour talk, he complained of increasing pressure from the rulers of Belarus from the west. Putin assured to support his guest.
Initially no special announcement was made. The meeting should continue on Saturday, as reported by Telegram channel Pul Parvogo, which is close to Belarusian state television.