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Belarus. Sofia Sapiega, pardoned by Lukashenka, was the former partner of the blogger Raman Pratasiewicz

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Sofia Sapiega, who was serving a six-year sentence in Belarus, was pardoned by Alyaksandr Lukashenko. Sapiega was informed about the decision of the Belarusian leader by the governor of her hometown of Primorsky Krai in Russia, Oleg Kozhemiako.

Russian Sofia Sapiegaformer partner of the once opposition blogger Raman Pratasiewiczwho was sitting on Belarus Sentenced to six years in prison, she was pardoned by the country’s authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka, according to the Belarusian opposition portal Nasha Niva, citing state agencies from Minsk on Wednesday.

Sapiega was informed about Lukashenko’s decision by the governor of her hometown of Primorsky Krai Russia Oleg Kozhemiako. The politician headed the Russian delegation that arrived on Wednesday in the penal colony in Gomel in Belarus, where Sapiega was serving her sentence.

Sofia SapiegaLeonid Shcheglov / TASS / Forum

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According to the authorities of Primorsky Krai, Lukashenko agreed to pardon the 25-year-old at their request, an independent website reported. – I confirm that Sapiega has been released from prison and is on her way to her homeland – Anton Gaszynski, the lawyer of the convicted Russian woman, was quoted by Nasha Niwa.

Convicted, Sapiega agreed to cooperate with the regime

Sapiega was a former partner Raman Pratasiewicz, a blogger in the past associated with the opposition Nexta project, pardoned in the second half of May by Lukashenko. In May 2021, both were detained after the plane they were flying from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Belarus.

In May 2022, Sapiega was sentenced to six years in prison under two articles of the Penal Code on incitement to hatred and the illegal collection or dissemination of other people’s data.

Sapiega agreed to cooperate with Belarusian law enforcement agencies. Despite her arrest, she appeared in the state media, admitting, among other things, to running a Telegram channel that disclosed the personal data of law enforcement officers. She also suggested that former associates of Pratasiewicz from opposition circles could have been behind the forced landing of the Ryanair plane.

Main photo source: Leonid Shcheglov / TASS / Forum

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