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Nobel laureate Bialiatski sentenced to 10 years in Belarus

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Belarusian court Friday sentenced Ales Bialiatski, Belarus’ top human rights lawyer and one of the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, to 10 years in prison.

Bialiatski and three other top figures of the human rights center Viasna he founded were convicted of financing anti-government protests.

They were arrested and jailed after massive protests over a 2020 election that gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko another term in office. Lukashenko, in office since 1994, has suppressed opposition and cracked down on independent news media.

The 2020 protests lasted several months, the largest wave of protests to hit Belarus, and the authorities cracked down. More than 35,000 people were arrested and thousands were beaten by police. The charges against Bialiatski and his colleagues related to Viasna’s providing money to political prisoners and helping pay their legal fees.

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