Andżelika Borys, the leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), has been released from a Belarusian prison, the spokesman for the Polish foreign ministry told PAP on Friday.
Poland’s deputy foreign minister has described as “totally unacceptable” a decision by the Belarusian authorities to prolong the detention of a leading member of Belarus’s Polish community for another three months.
The spokesperson for Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, has attributed the freeing of three Belarusian-Polish activists to the intervention of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's first independent president.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has declared that Poles living in Belarus, who are in need of aid, will never be left alone, and that Poland's main goal is to make Belarus release all arrested Poles.
Three members of the Polish minority in Belarus have been released from prison by Belarusian authorities and have arrived in Poland, the Polish foreign ministry announced.
The president of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, and the head of the local branch office in the western city of Lida, Irena Biernacka, were charged in Minsk on Friday with "incitement to hatred," the Znadniemna.pl portal has announced.
Anna Paniszewa, the director of the Polish School in the Belarusian city of Brest, on the Polish border, was detained on Friday after returning to Belarus from Poland.