MINSK, 12 Feb – RIA Novosti. A member of the presidium of the coordinating council of the Belarusian opposition, activist of the headquarters of ex-presidential contender Viktor Babariko Maria Kolesnikova was additionally charged under two more articles – a conspiracy to seize power and the creation of an extremist group, the headquarters press service reported on Friday.
“Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with new charges … of conspiracy to seize state power by unconstitutional means, to create and lead an extremist group,” the press service said in a Telegram channel.
The headquarters recalled that back in September last year, Kolesnikova was charged with publicly calling for actions aimed at harming national security. The defense of the oppositionist is confident that the accusations have no legal basis, the press service added.
Earlier on Friday, it became known that a member of the presidium of the coordinating council, Maxim Znak, was charged with similar charges. This was announced by his lawyer Dmitry Laevsky. Protests in Belarus
The Investigative Committee of Belarus previously reported that Kolesnikova is accused in a criminal case of calls for the seizure of power using the media and the Internet. The term of her detention was extended until March 8.
Prior to that, representatives of the Belarusian opposition, who did not agree with the results of the presidential elections, announced the creation of a coordination council for the transit of power. The opposition considers the ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as the elected leader and demands the appointment of new elections in the country. The Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus opened a criminal case on calls to seize power, then a number of oppositionists became involved in new cases.
After the presidential elections in Belarus, held on August 9, 2020, massive opposition protests began in the country, which, among other things, were suppressed by the security forces using special means and special equipment. Protest actions are still going on. Law enforcement officials declare a decrease in the number of their participants and the movement of shares from the central streets to the courtyards of residential buildings.