The Belarusian regime critic Maria Kolesnikova had to be admitted to an intensive care unit in a hospital in Gomel, reports “Bild” and cites the press service of opposition figure Viktor Babaryko, who is also in prison.

The government critic Maria Kolesnikova, who has been imprisoned in Belarus, has been taken to a hospital in the city of Gomel and is in intensive care. This was announced by the press service of the opposition leader Viktor Babaryko, who was also imprisoned and for whom Kolesnikova had worked. Kolesnikova is one of the most well-known faces of the opposition in Belarus.

Kolesnikova was sentenced to 11 years in prison in September 2021. She was accused, among other things, of “conspiracy to seize power”. She led the mass protests against the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2020 alongside opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya and activist Veronika Zepkalo. As one of the few leading Belarusian opposition figures, she decided against fleeing into exile.