Maria Kolesnikova Is Suspect In Criminal Case On Seizure Of Power

Maria Kolesnikova is a suspect in a criminal case initiated under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (public calls for seizure of state power, or forcible change of the constitutional order of the Republic of Belarus). Kolesnikova’s lawyer Lyudmila Kazak told TUT.BY.

The defender met Maria Kolesnikova in a pre-trial detention center №1, where she is right now. “Maria is fine, no legal proceeding have taken place yet,” Kazak said. Recall that yesterday there was an attempt to forcibly expel Kolesnikova from Belarus. She reportedly tore her passport and refused to leave the country.

Maria Kolesnikova

Six out of seven members of the Coordination Council presidimun were either detained or forcibly taken abroad. Only Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich is currently at large. However, she was also called to the Investigative Committee for questioning in a criminal case over seizure of power.

On 20 August, the then Belarus Prosecutor General Aleksandr Konyuk stated that a criminal case was initiated against the Coordination Council. Its members were accused of establishing a political body to seize power and harming the national security of Belarus.

Earlier, Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak, who was detained by the security forces earlier today, were witnesses in this case. Maxim Znak’s lawyer Dmitry Laevsky told TUT.BY that his client was taken to the Central Office of the Investigative Committee, further investigations are ongoing.

Later it became known that Maxim Znak was detained as a suspect in a criminal case on an attempt to seize power. Kolesnikova’s lawyer Ilya Salei was detained on suspicion of committing this same crime too, the Investigative Committee reported.