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21 June 2022, 14:46

Belarusian opposition activists free to return to Belarus to go to prison, face other punishments

ORSHA DISTRICT, 21 June (BelTA) – While talking to workers of the agricultural company Yubileiny in Orsha District, Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko explained on what conditions those who had previously fled the country might come back, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “They ran away to foreign countries but now 95% of them want to come back. They already write it openly: ‘If only Aleksandr Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] could pardon us and open the border…' 95% would come back. I don't mind: they are free to go to prison and face other punishments they deserve. They have to come back. They will not be able to naturalize over there.”

In his words, many countries where self-exiled Belarusian opposition activists went to started welcoming refugees from Ukraine later on but due to problems caused by the strong migration they started offering less and less aid to emigrants from other countries. “Ours have been pushed aside already, everyone wants to go home,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.

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