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22 May 2023, 14:38

Protasevich on being pardoned: ‘I am very grateful to the country and to the president'

MINSK, 22 May (BelTA) – I am very grateful to the country and personally to the president for the decision to pardon me, Roman Protasevich told reporters, BelTA has learned.

"First of all, I am very grateful to the country and personally to the president for such a decision," Roman Protasevich said.

"I learned that the president signed the pardon on 16 May. Finally my whole unpleasant story is over. I am very happy. I am overwhelmed. I cannot even formulate a thought," Roman Protasevich said.

"For obvious reasons, I don't have any specific plans. Probably, I will go to a gym, or will travel out of town for a day or two to take a breath out so I could move on," he added.

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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