Belarus extends pre-trial detention of opponent Sergei Tijanovsk

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The Government of Belarus has extended the preventive detention for the activist for two more months Serguéi Tijanovski, husband of the one who was a candidate for the August general elections, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, opposition sources have reported.

After completing this extension, Tijanovski will have been behind bars for six months, the legal limit for the preventive prisonAccording to Belarusian law itself, the authorities must either file formal charges against him or release him.

In the text, released by Telegram and to which the Russian agency Sputnik has had access, they have denounced that this new two-month extension has occurred without holding a court hearing.

Electoral opposition

Tijanovski, who had exercised much of the opposition to the government of the president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, through social networks and publications on the internet, initially planned to run for election, but his arrest for “organizing and preparing serious actions against public order” shattered his aspirations.

After his arrest, it was his wife, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, who ran for the presidential election in August this year, winning 10 percent of the vote, in an election whose results have been questioned, not only by the opposition, but also by a broad spectrum of the community international.

Political crisis

Lukashenko revalidated with 80 percent of the votes his sixth consecutive term as head of Belarus, who has not known another president other than him since the independence of this former territory from the Soviet Union was decreed in 1994.

The results sparked a wave of outrage in part of the country, whose capital Minsk became the scene of mass protests Since last August 9, which according to the Belarusian Ministry of the Interior has left a balance of 430 detainees, 385 of whom have already been released; in addition to six deceased.

The opposition, for its part, which has demanded the repeat elections, something that Lukashenko has emphatically ruled out, has denounced the arrest of up to 10,000 people, as well as hundreds of wounded.



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