Belarus accuses ‘Russian mercenaries’ of election plot – BBC News

The suspects are alleged to be part of a shadowy military group.

Russia is seeking clarification on the arrests, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, denying any knowledge.

President Alexander Lukashenko has been in power since 1994 and is seeking a sixth term in office.

has exerted authoritarian control over Belarus in a style reminiscent
of the Soviet era and has faced a wave of opposition protests over his
re-election bid.

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