Belarusian financial police detain member of opposition Coordination Council

Liliya Ulasava. Photo:

Lawyer Liliya Ulasava, who is a member of the board of the Coordination Council (CC), has been detained by officers of the Financial Investigations Department, her counterpart and former diplomat Pavel Latushka said on Monday afternoon.

According to him, the detainee’s home was searched.

Liliya Ułasava is an international mediator, she is fluent in English and Polish. In the year of 2016, the lawyer became one of top 25 Belarusian businesswomen.

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At the moment, two members of CC board are in custody – Syarhei Dyleuski, a strike movement leader at Minsk Tractor Plant, and Volha Kavalkova, a co-chair of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party. The both were charged with ‘staging an unauthorised event’ (Art.23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences) and sentenced to 10 days in prison each.

As reported earlier, meeting of the extended composition of the Coordination Council is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1.

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. At the moment, the Council comprises 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. Several board members, including Belarusian Nobel Prize holder Svetlana Alexievich and Tsikhanouskaya’s associate Maryia Kalesnikava, were summoned to the prosecutor’s office for questioning.

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