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Minister: Estonian citizen detained in Belarus after election protests

Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa).
Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa). Source: ERR

Belarusian authorities have detained an Estonian citizen during the crackdown on protests which followed Sunday's presidential election, foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) says.

Speaking at the regular Thursday government press conference, the foreign minister said that relatives of an Estonian citizen have notified the ministry that their family member had been taken into custody in Belarus.

Reinsalu added that the Estonian embassy in Minsk has submitted a note with that country's authorities, and that the details of the incident were being clarified.

Sunday saw long-term Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko returned for a sixth term in elections widely condemned as rigged.

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya  has taken refuge in neighboring Lithuania.

A crackdown by Belarusian internal security forces in the aftermath has also been met with widespread demonstrations internationally, including one which took place in Tartu on Tuesday evening.

Belarusian authorities themselves have said close to 7,000 protestors have been arrested.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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