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Belarusian protest leader detained by unidentified people - Tut.By media report

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova waves as she arrives for questioning at the Investigative Committee in Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Unidentified people detained Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova in central Minsk on Monday and drove her off in a minivan, the Belarusian Tut.By media outlet cited a witness as saying.

Kolesnikova’s allies said they were checking the report. Police in Minsk said they were also looking into reports she had been abducted, the RIA news agency reported.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy and Maria Vasilyeva; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn