In a message posted on Twitter, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu wrote: “According to the instructions, Romania’s ambassador to Belarus (Viorel Moşanu, ed.), Together with other EU colleagues, visited her today. Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich at her residence. She spoke in support of democracy for a better future for Belarusians. We call on the Belarusian authorities to stop harassing her. “
According to lrt.lt, the Lithuanian ambassador, Andrius Pulokas, stated: “I received information that unknown people knocked on the door of her apartment, probably the security or police representatives. We have decided that she is threatened with detention, given that Svetlana Alexievich is the last member of the Coordination Council who has not been detained or left Belarus. ” He added that Alexievici is well and determined to stay in the country.
Along with diplomats from Romania, Lithuania and Sweden, representatives of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria were also present at the writer’s residence.
Svetlana Alexievich is a member of the presidency of the Belarusian Coordinating Council. On August 26, she was summoned by the Belarus Committee of Inquiry and refused to testify in a criminal case opened by the regime against the Coordination Council.
The Belarussian government has launched an crackdown on opponents following widespread protests following the hotly contested August 9th presidential election. The European Union has said it does not recognize the result of the election – in which Alexander Lukashenko was named the winner with about 80 percent of the vote – and called for dialogue.
At the end of August, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia blacklisted President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other officials of his regime.
Lukashenko’s main rival, Sviatlana Tshanouskaya, was forced to leave the country and is in exile in Lithuania.
Lukashenko is backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two set out to meet in Moscow. In an interview with the Kremlin-affiliated media on Wednesday, the disputed president of Belarus reiterated the idea that its collapse will lead to the fall of Russia.
It is a propaganda message, according to Sviatlana Ţihanouskaia. “Let us not let propaganda poison the relations between our friendly peoples,” she reacted to Lukashenko’s statement, urging Russians to support the fight for the Belarusians “for freedom.”
In Minsk, Lukashenko continues to arrest members of the Coordinating Council. Lawyer Maksim Znak, one of the last two members of the Coordinating Council still free and in Belarus, was arrested on Wednesday by masked men, his entourage announced, according to his entourage.
“Maksim Znak came to the office to attend a video conference, but he could not reach her. He was able to send a word, “masked,” the press service of his organization announced.
Thus, Svetlana Alexievich remains the only member of the Coronation Council still at large.
Police and special services (KGB) have not confirmed Maksim Znak’s arrest, but the scenario of his disappearance is strikingly similar to that experienced by other opponents. Raised by unknown men, they were either arrested or forced into exile.