Mr Protasevich was seized by Belarusian authorities on Sunday, after the Ryanair aircraft he was travelling on was compelled to make an emergency touchdown within the Belarus capital Minsk. The flight had been en route from Athens to Lithuania and was flying in Belarusian airspace when it was intercepted by at the least one MiG-29 fighter jet. The blogger is a co-founder of the Nexta TV channel, which helped to organise and coordinate protests in opposition to the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko final yr.
Fedor Krasheninnikov, a dissident Russian journalist, warned that each Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping could possibly be emboldened to make use of the identical ways to arrest their opponents if the West allowed Mr Lukashenko to go unpunished for his actions.
He advised Metro.co.uk: “Putin is carefully following the response of Western international locations.
“If he sees that the crimes of different dictators go unpunished, he acts much more aggressively.
“All dictators on the planet be taught from one another.
“If this terrorist act by Lukashenko goes unpunished, Putin may also intercept the planes of his political opponents.
“And never solely Putin, but additionally Xi Jinping and all of the others.”
The incident has been universally condemned by Western leaders world wide.
Dominic Raab, the UK International minister, branded the actions as “reckless and harmful”, whereas German Chancellor Angela Merkel known as them “with out precedent.”
The blogger mentioned: “Officers are treating me completely appropriately and in keeping with the regulation.
“I’m at the moment persevering with to cooperate with the investigation and am giving a confession to the organisation of mass arrests within the metropolis of Minsk.”
He appeared to have bruising above his proper eye and will face at the least 15 years in jail if convicted.