Kremlin sternly urges Belarus to free detained Russians

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Kremlin sternly urges Belarus to free detained Russians

Belarusians attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Tikhanovskaya said she would not cancel any campaign rallies because of the stricter security. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk, and many participants dismissed the official claims of a Russian subversion plot as a sham. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Maria Kolesnikova, a representative of Viktor Babariko, right, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, centre, and wife of non-registered candidate Valery Tsepkalo, Veronika Tsepkalo, left, gesture during meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Belarusians wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said she would not cancel any campaign rallies because of the stricter security. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk, and many participants dismissed the official claims of a Russian subversion plot as a sham. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, right, inspects police vehicles as he visits the Belarusian Interior Ministry special forces base in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in the Aug. 9 election but he has accused Russian forces of interfering with the upcoming vote, although Moscow has denied any involvement. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, centre right, listens to Valery Vakulchik, chief of the Belarusian state security service, KGB, during a meeting of Security Council in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Belarusian authorities said Wednesday they have detained dozens of Russian private military contractors days before Belarus' presidential vote, a sign of escalating tensions between the two neighbors. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Kremlin sternly urges Belarus to free detained Russians

Belarusians attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Tikhanovskaya said she would not cancel any campaign rallies because of the stricter security. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk, and many participants dismissed the official claims of a Russian subversion plot as a sham. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Maria Kolesnikova, a representative of Viktor Babariko, right, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, centre, and wife of non-registered candidate Valery Tsepkalo, Veronika Tsepkalo, left, gesture during meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Belarusians wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said she would not cancel any campaign rallies because of the stricter security. Thousands of Tikhanovskaya's supporters gathered Thursday at her campaign rally in Minsk, and many participants dismissed the official claims of a Russian subversion plot as a sham. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, right, inspects police vehicles as he visits the Belarusian Interior Ministry special forces base in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in the Aug. 9 election but he has accused Russian forces of interfering with the upcoming vote, although Moscow has denied any involvement. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, centre right, listens to Valery Vakulchik, chief of the Belarusian state security service, KGB, during a meeting of Security Council in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Belarusian authorities said Wednesday they have detained dozens of Russian private military contractors days before Belarus' presidential vote, a sign of escalating tensions between the two neighbors. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
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