The Twitter account of the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Belarusian Telegram channel Nexta Roman Protasevich, accused by Belarus of organizing mass riots in the country, has been blocked. This follows from the message of the social network on the new page of Protasevich.
“The account has been suspended. Twitter suspends accounts that violate Twitter rules, ”the message said.
Protasevich's lawyer Inessa Olenskaya told RBC that Twitter's decision was unexpected, and how it is justified is still unknown. “The novel itself is at a loss. I found out about 9 o'clock in the morning, because before that there were no problems with Twitter, ”she told RBC.
RBC also sent a request to Twitter.
Former editor-in-chief of the Nexta Telegram channel Roman Protasevich is under house arrest in Belarus on charges of organizing riots in the country after the presidential elections in August 2020.
The law enforcement agencies of Belarus were able to detain him after the plane of the Ryanair airline, on which he flew from Athens and Vilnius, together with his girlfriend, a Russian citizen, Sofya Sapega, was forcibly put in Minsk. The threat of an explosion, which was explained the need to forcibly land the board, was not subsequently confirmed. After the arrest, Protasevich admitted his guilt, but his parents believe that all the confessions and statements about his readiness to cooperate with the Belarusian authorities Protasevich makes after torture. At a press conference on June 14, Protasevich said that he was not beaten in the Minsk remand prison after his arrest.
On July 8, Protasevich announced that he had a new Twitter account. He also said that he was under house arrest “in a private house outside the city”, and on Twitter he wrote and answered himself, “unattended.” When asked what happened to his old account on this social network, he said that he was probably blocked.
The Russian woman Sofia Sapega was also detained by the law enforcement agencies of Belarus, she is accused of inciting social enmity and hatred, she is also under house arrest.