Belarusian opposition leaders Kolesnikova and Znak being held in custody - investigative committee

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  • Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova gestures in front of law enforcement officers during a rally in Minsk, Belarus August 30, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian opposition leaders Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak are being held in custody, Belarus' investigative committee said on Wednesday, under suspicion of destabilising the country and harming its national security.

Both Kolesnikova and Znak are prominent leaders of protests demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko following an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition says was rigged. Lukashenko denies vote-rigging.

Nobel prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich accused the authorities in Belarus of terrorising their own people on Wednesday, after Znak became the latest opposition figure to be detained by masked men in plainclothes.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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