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22 May 2023, 15:42

Protasevich hails president's decision to pardon him as ‘bold move of strong-willed person'

Roman Protasevich
Roman Protasevich

MINSK, 22 May (BelTA) – This is a bold move, a decision of a strong-willed person, Roman Protasevich told reporters commenting on the decision of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to pardon him, BelTA has learned.

"This news is extremely unexpected. A month ago I could not think that it was even possible, that it would happen. I am really overwhelmed," Roman Protasevich said. “I would like to thank President Aleksandr Grigorievich personally because this is his decision. This is a bold move, a decision of a strong-willed person. I want to thank the country and the people who believed in me, in my sincerity, who think that people can mend their ways and admit their mistakes."

According to him, he is focused on the positive agenda. "I don't read what they write about me. I unsubscribed from all possible information resources a long time ago. I mean pro-Western, opposition one because they recycle stuff about me. I'm not interested in what's going on there, what they're saying. I am focused the positive agenda. I will devote maximum time to my family," Roman Protasevich emphasized.

BelTA reported earlier that on 3 May the Minsk Oblast Court sentenced Roman Protasevich to eight years in prison. He was found guilty of making public appeals for seizing power, committing acts of terrorism, slandering the president, spreading knowingly fraudulent information about Belarus, and other crimes.

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