Belarusian oppositionist Kolesnikova was urgently transferred to the hospital, she fell ill in prison

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Belarusian opposition leader Marija Kolesnikova from prison was transferred to intensive care in a hospital in the city of Gomel, foreign agencies report.

Belarusian opposition politician Viktor Babariko on Telegram announced that Kolesnikova, one of the most prominent opponents of the president Alexander Lukashenko, was transferred to the hospital yesterday for unknown reasons.

The leader of the Belarusian opposition Svyatlana Tsykhanuskaya wrote on Telegram:

"Terrible news. Our dear Masha, we all hope that you will be well!"

Last year, Kalesnikava was sentenced to 11 years in prison after being accused of "conspiracy to seize power, incite actions to undermine national security and incite actions that harm national security through the use of the media and the Internet."

She was one of three women who united in 2020 to lead the uprising that saw tens of thousands of Belarusian women take to the streets in the largest protests in the country's modern history.

Kolesnikova was arrested and taken to the border, where she was told to leave the country. Instead, she reportedly tore up her passport, risking prison rather than going into exile

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