Raman Pratasevich’s supporters decry ‘hostage’ video confession

Pratasevich mentioned he was giving the interview of his personal volition.


“I’m virtually sure they may condemn me publicly, and rallies in assist of me will come to nought,” Pratasevich mentioned of his former associates. “However I don’t care what they are going to be saying.”

“I instantly admitted my guilt in organising huge unauthorised actions,” Pratasevich mentioned, whereas praising Lukashenko and criticising opposition figures.

“I criticised Alexander Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] so much, however after I turned extra concerned in political subjects, I started to grasp that he was doing the precise factor and I definitely respect him,” he mentioned within the 90-minute video.

Western nations and worldwide rights teams have condemned Lukashenko over the pressured touchdown of the plane and likewise imposed sanctions in opposition to Belarusian officers over a crackdown on protests following a contested election final 12 months.

Tsikhanouskaya mentioned on Monday she believed Pratasevich had been overwhelmed and tortured in jail. A lawyer who visited Pratasevich mentioned he was positive.


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