Lawyer Maksim Znak, a member of the board of the opposition Coordination Council (CC), has been detained. He got out of touch on Wednesday morning.
“At 8:30 Maksim was to be interviewed, but he failed to appear on Zoom. I called him, he said: “It looks like someone is visiting us,” then he disconnected and sent the text ‘Masks’ to me,” Hleb Herman, a member of the imprisoned presidential hopeful Viktar Babaryka’s election team, told kyky.org.
When reached by belsat.eu, Mr Herman confirmed the fact of Maksim Znak’s being detained.
In addition, Minsk siloviki have searched the apartments of Maryia Kalesnikava, Maksim Znak, and that of Babaryka’s lawyer Ilya Saley.
As reported earlier, Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s strongest rival Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya initiated the creation of the CC as part of taking urgent measures to restore law and order in Belarus as well as to ensure the transfer of power in the country. The Council comprises about 600 members. Last week, Belarus’ Prosecutor General initiated criminal proceedings over establishing the Council, naming it a ‘threat to national security’. The authorities believe the body aims at seizing power in Belarus.
Belarusian Nobel Prize holder Svetlana Alexievich is the only one of the seven members of the CC board who remains at large, but today unknown persons have made attempts to get into her apartment in Minsk. The other representatives were jailed (Liliya Ulasava, Maryia Kalesnikava, Syarhei Dyleuski), detained (Maksim Znak) or forced out of the country (Pavel Latushka, Volha Kavalkova).
Anton Radnyankou, spokesman for the Coordination Council, and Ivan Krautsou, the secretary of the group, were compelled to leave Minsk for Kyiv on September, 8.