Kolesnikova, Belarus protest leader detained at Ukraine border

The opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova is reportedly being held in Belarus after resisting a forced deportation to Ukraine. Local media report that she tore up her passport at the border.

The opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova was held in Belarus on Tuesday after resisting a forced deportation to Ukraine, according to officials in Kyiv.

Anton Bychovsky, spokesman for Belarus’ Border Guard Committee, confirmed that Kolesnikova is still in Belarus.

Kolesnikova disappeared in Minsk on Monday after she was seen being bundled into a minibus.Two of her aides were also seized, the opposition Coordination Council said.

They were press secretary, Anton Rodnenkov, and executive secretary, Ivan Kravtsov.Early Tuesday, the trio were driven to the Ukrainian border, where authorities told them to cross into Ukraine. Her aides went to Ukraine, but Kolesnikova remained in the custody of Belarusian authorities.

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