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Belarus investigators to question Nobel laureate Alexievich amid crackdown

FILE PHOTO: The 2015 Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich speaks during a meeting at the 29th International Book Fair or FILBO in Bogota, Colombia, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian Nobel laureate author Svetlana Alexievich has been called in for questioning by state investigators over a criminal case against a new opposition council, the grouping said on Monday.

Alexievich, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2015, is a member of an opposition coordination council that was set up by opponents of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko after a disputed Aug. 9 election that has sparked nationwide anti-government protests.

Alexievich will come in for questioning at the Belarusian Investigative Committee on Wednesday, a spokesman for the council said.

(This story corrects day in third paragraph to Wednesday)

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Sujata Rao

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