Belarus president frees six jailed opponents before election

Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko, seen in Minsk on May 10, 2015, has released from jail six opposition leaders -- considered the last political prisoners in this ex-Soviet stateBelarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released from jail six opposition leaders — considered the last political prisoners in the ex-Soviet state — less than two months before the next presidential poll, the presidency announced Saturday. Among the freed opponents is Mikola Statkevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned since 2010. “Considering humane principles, President Lukashenko has decided to pardon and allow to go free” the six opposition figures, the presidency said.

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