The presence of the Wagner Group in Belarus is a hybrid occupation of our country, Swiatłana Cichanouska, the leader of the Belarusian opposition, said on TVN24. She also spoke about the situation of political prisoners in her country, including her husband Siarhiej and Polish-Belarusian activist Andrzej Poczobut.
Leader of the Belarusian opposition Swiatłana Cichanouska she said in Saturday’s “Facts after Facts” among others about presence of Wagner Group mercenaries in Belarus. – This guarantees attendance Russia On Belarus. It’s a question of a hybrid occupation of our country,” she said.
– You see how Russia wants to control everything on Belarustries to Russify. The Russian presence is present in all spheres of life – in the media, in education, in the army. We see Lukashenko selling our country, bit by bit selling our independence to Russia. He does this to ensure his power, because only thanks to Putin’s support he managed to take this power and keep it until now – she added.
Cichanouska: It’s been five months since I had any news from my husband
Cichanouska also spoke about her husband, who is a political prisoner in Belarus. “It will soon be five months since I’ve had any news from my husband.” He is detained without contact with the outside world, the lawyer cannot visit him, parcels, letters do not reach him – she said.
– Lukashenko’s regime wants people in prison to be convinced that they have been abandoned, that they have been forgotten, that no one is thinking about them. They want to break these people. Many people are kept in this mode, out of contact with the outside world. We are asking international organizations to demand access to our political prisoners to see what conditions they are being held in,” she appealed.
She reported that “only this year two political prisoners have died in prison.”
Cichanouska: Andrzej Poczobut is our hero
Cichanouska also talked about a prisoner in Belarus Andrzej Poczobut. – He is our hero – a hero of Poland and a hero of Belarus. He did not betray his principles, he refused any agreement with Lukashenko’s regime. It’s our duty to free Andrzej. Together with thousands of other political prisoners, she stressed.
– I think that only a combined, strong position of Belarusians and our democratic partners can free them – she added. As she said, “political and economic pressure on Lukashenko’s regime” is important in this matter.
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