Roman Protasevich, a dissident from Belarus, was given an eight-year term.

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In May 2021, Roman Protasevich was removed from an aircraft and detained on suspicion of instigating riots.

He was found guilty of many counts pertaining to his job as an editor at an opposition media site on Thursday by the Minsk regional court.

He would spend the term in a prison colony, according to Belta, the state-run media outlet of Belarus.

Mr. Protasevich was accused of planning large-scale disturbances, advocating sanctions on Belarus, founding or heading an extremist group, and plotting to seize power, among other offences.

In May 2021, Mr. Protasevich was en route from Greece to Lithuania when Belarusian air traffic control abruptly changed the course of the flight to Minsk, citing a bomb threat.




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