Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya commented on her inclusion in the wanted database in Russia.
“It is probably necessary to check her mailbox. I didn’t know at all that I was involved in some criminal case in Belarus, let alone in Russia,” she replied in a video published by the Telegram channel BelSat.
Earlier, the Russian Interior Ministry reported that the basis for the interstate search was a criminal case against her. Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky explained to RIA Novosti that the ministry had declared Tikhanovskaya wanted as part of its efforts to counteract crime in the Union State. He noted that this is not the first time when Minsk appeals to Moscow to search for its citizens and vice versa.
Opposition protests began in Belarus on August 9 after the presidential election, which was won by Alexander Lukashenko. According to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the vote. Recently, protests have been held mostly on weekends, while the most large-scale ones – on Sundays.
After the elections, the Coordinating Council (CC) for the Transit of Power in Belarus was founded at the initiative of Tikhanovskaya. The opposition considers Tikhanovskaya the head of state, demands the appointment of new elections, and insists on negotiations with the current authorities. At the same time, Tikhanovskaya herself has left for Lithuania. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus initiated a criminal case under a criminal article on appeals to seize power in connection with the establishment of the Constitutional Court.