HELSINKI, March 3 – RIA Novosti. The Belarusian oppositionist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is in Helsinki, whose extradition Minsk will seek, is moving around the Finnish capital in a motorcade of three business-class cars, accompanied by security, RIA Novosti reports.
Tihanovskaya is located in the Finnish capital from March 1 to March 4. She has already met with the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, and she will also meet with the Prime Minister of the country Sanna Marin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Belarus announced that it would initiate the extradition of the ex-presidential candidate in Belarus.
She travels around the city in a motorcade of three business-class cars: an Audi A7, a Mercedes minivan and a Volkswagen minibus designed to transport delegations.
The oppositionist in Helsinki is constantly accompanied by several assistants and walks around the perimeter of at least four guards. As a RIA Novosti correspondent found out, at least one of them speaks Russian.
Tihanovskaya is expected to leave Helsinki for Portugal on Thursday.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, in Minsk and in the regions they were associated with riots … During their dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. The shares gradually changed their character to a local and small number. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, their manifestations had practically disappeared.
The opposition believes that Tikhanovskaya won the elections, demands new elections and initiates the expansion of international sanctions against Minsk, previously adopted by Western countries. In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against a number of members of the opposition coordinating council created on the initiative of Tikhanovskaya, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist formation, and a conspiracy to seize state power in an unconstitutional way. Tikhanovskaya, who left for Lithuania after the elections, is also a defendant in the case of the creation of an extremist group and an attempt to seize power; she is put on the interstate wanted list in Belarus and Russia.