Detained Belarusian dissidents say he was set up by a colleague

Kiev, Ukraine-A dissident journalist arrested when Belarus changed flight destinations said in a video from prison that it was founded by an unidentified colleague.

The Roman Platasevic footage was part of a one-hour documentary aired late Wednesday by the state-owned ONT channel. In the film, 26-year-old Protasevic also suggests that protests against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko are meaningless in a tight crackdown, and opposition parties are waiting for a more appropriate time.

According to the film, Belarusian officials were unaware that Protasevic was on a Ryanair jet on the way from Athens to Vilnius.

No bomb was found after landing, but Protasevic was arrested with his Russian girlfriend. The change of destination of the plane infuriated the European Union, which responded by shutting Belarus’ flag carrier out of the air, instructing European airlines to bypass Belarus, and new to major sectors of the Belarusian economy. Drafted painful sanctions.

Lukashenko, who has ruled 9.3 million former Soviet nations with Tekken for more than a quarter of a century, has accused Western nations of trying to “strangle” their nations with sanctions.

Belarus has been shaken by months of protests spurred by his re-election for the sixth term in the August 2020 vote. Lukashenko only tightened the crackdown, with more than 35,000 arrested and thousands beaten since the protests began.

Leaving Belarus in 2019, Protasevic became Lukashenko’s greatest enemy. He runs a widely popular channel on Telegram’s messaging app, played a key role in organizing large-scale anti-government protests, and was charged with inciting a large-scale uproar for 15 years. I was sentenced to imprisonment.

Lukashenko accused Protasevic of fostering a “bloody rebellion” last week and defended Ryanair’s relocation of planes as a legitimate response to the bomb threat.

The ONT documentary appeared to be intended to support that claim by claiming that Belarusian authorities were unaware that Protasevic was on a plane when he took off and landed.

In the video, journalists claimed that the bomb threat could have been issued by someone who had a personal clash with him. He has malicious intent that he did not name. A suspected person has allegedly been associated with an opposition hacker who has attacked Belarus’ official website and threatened bombs in the past.

Protasevic’s remarks contained in the documentary did not explain what personal conflict the journalist had with the suspect.

“When the plane was on the landing route, I realized it was useless to panic,” Protasevic said. He said he was waiting for heavily armed special forces as the plane taxied into the parking lot.

“It was a SWAT-only unit, including uniforms, bulletproof jackets, and weapons,” he said.

The day after his arrest, Protasevic appeared in a video already in custody and aired on Belarus’ state television. He said he had confessed in a swift and monotonous tone that he had produced a major uproar. Now Poland. His parents, who live in Belarus, said the confession seemed to have been compelled.

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