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Belarus Hands Long Prison Term To Protest Leader Kolesnikova

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A court in Belarus sentenced one of the country’s most prominent opposition figures, Maria Kolesnikova, to 11 years in prison on Monday after she led unprecedented protests against President Alexander Lukashenko last year.

A defiant Kolesnikova smiled and made her signature heart-shaped hand symbol during the court hearing in Minsk, where lawyer and fellow opposition activist Maxim Znak was also handed a 10-year sentence. 

During the closed-door trial authorities had accused the pair of violating national security and conspiring to seize power…

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