Olga Kovalkova, a member of the Presidium of the Opposition Coordination Council, was forced to leave Belarus
Update: The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs
told RIA Novosti that Kovalkova was released from the isolation ward for health reasons for treatment.
Olga Kovalkova, a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council for the Peaceful Transfer of Power, created by the opposition, was taken out of Belarus. She is now in Poland.
According to Kovalkova, “representatives of the authorities” took her from the detention center at Akrestsin Street in Minsk, where they were being held under administrative arrest, “they put her in their car, put on a hood, gave her a mask, put her in the back seat and took her away.” “I didn’t know where we were going,” Tut.by quotes Kovalkova as speaking at a press conference in Warsaw on Saturday evening.
“We arrived at the Bruzgi crossing,” said Kovalkova. – I passed the border, they transported my things, they wanted to give me a lift. But the bus was going to Warsaw, and the Polish border guards asked the Polish driver to give me a lift. “
She stressed that “she did not plan and did not intend to leave Belarus” and expects to return there soon.
The Border Committee of Belarus said earlier that Kovalkova “on September 5 at about two o’clock in the morning, she arrived on foot at the Bruzgi checkpoint, passed border control, after which she waited for the nearest regular bus with the Grodno-Warsaw route and proceeded to Poland” (quote from “Interfax” ).
Kovalkova on August 25 was sent under administrative arrest for 10 days for organizing an unauthorized action. On September 3, the Coordination Council reported , Kovalkova was sentenced to 15 more days of administrative arrest. The report said that Kovalkova remains in the isolation ward.
Together with Olga Kovalkova, the leader of the strike committee of the Minsk Tractor Plant Sergei Dylevsky, who is also a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, was sentenced to 10, and then to 15 days of administrative arrest for organizing an unauthorized action. His release from custody was not reported.
The main rival of Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential elections Svetlana Tikhanovskaya left Belarus earlier. Companions of Tikhanovskaya said that she was forced to leave the country.
In early September, a member of the opposition Coordination Council for the Peaceful Transfer of Power, former Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko left Belarus for Poland. As Latushko stressed, he only temporarily left the country.