GOMEL, 7 June (BelTA) – My immediate plans are to get my life back together, Russian citizen Sofia Sapega, pardoned by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, said in the first minutes after leaving penal colony No. 4 in Gomel.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed a decree to pardon Sofia Sapega. On 7 June, she was transferred to the delegation of Russia's Primorye Territory headed by Governor Oleg Kozhemyako.
"You have a whole life ahead of you. Conscious, normal," Oleg Kozhemyako said as he welcomed the girl. He wished her not to take any careless steps.
Sofia Sapega said that she cannot wrap her head around about what has happened. Speaking about the conditions in the penal colony, she said: "Indeed, everything is tough and strict but livable."
"You look good. There were no problems with nutrition, were there?" the governor asked.
"No, there were no problems with that," Sofia said.
As she talked to the governor, Sofia Sapega noted that she is planning to take a time off to recover.
In the first minutes after leaving the colony, she also talked to her father on the phone. "The story has ended," she said to her father.
As BelTA has reported, Sofia Sapega was the administrator of the extremist Telegram channel "Black Book of Belarus". On 6 May 2022, the Grodno Oblast Court sentenced her to six years' imprisonment in a penal colony.