Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova tore up passport to foil deportation, ally says

Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova tore up her passport at the border with Ukraine and threw the pieces away to foil an attempt by Belarusian authorities to make her cross into Ukraine, her associate Anton Radnenkov said on Tuesday.

Radnenkov told reporters in Kyiv that he, another associate named Ivan Kravtsov and Kolesnikova had been taken to the border in the early hours of Tuesday by men in plain clothes, but that Kolesnikova did not cross.

Kravtsov said they did not know Kolesnikova's current whereabouts, but that he thought she could be in the custody of the Belarusian KGB security service.

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Belarus opposition supporters attend a rally in central Minsk on August 16, 2020. - Tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters gathered in Minsk on August 16, 2020, an AFP journalist said, to join a "March for Freedom" over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images)
MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 16, 2020: Protesters gather for a rally at the Minsk Hero City Obelisk. Exit poll figures announced on August 9 after the Belarusian presidential election have sparked mass protests and unrest across several cities including Minsk, eventually escalating into violent clashes with the police. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A woman Belarus opposition supporter with a drawing of a former white-red-white flag of Belarus used in opposition to the government punches the air during a demonstration in central Minsk on August 16, 2020. - The Belarusian strongman, who has ruled his ex-Soviet country with an iron grip since 1994, is under increasing pressure from the streets and abroad over his claim to have won re-election on August 9, with 80 percent of the vote. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images)
MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 16, 2020: Protesters hold a banner reading "Free Political Prisoners" during a rally at the Minsk Hero City Obelisk. Exit poll figures announced on August 9 after the Belarusian presidential election have sparked mass protests and unrest across several cities including Minsk, eventually escalating into violent clashes with the police. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 16, 2020: Protesters gather for a rally at the Minsk Hero City Obelisk. Exit poll figures announced on August 9 after the Belarusian presidential election have sparked mass protests and unrest across several cities including Minsk, eventually escalating into violent clashes with the police. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 16, 2020: Citizens take part in a rally in support of re-elected president Alexander Lukashenko in Independence Square. Following the announcement of the election results on 9 August, mass protests have been held in Minsk and other cities across Belarus. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
A protester holds a sign 'Planet, help us!'. Members of the local Belarusian diaspora, activists and local supporters mat again on Saturday evening to express their solidarity with Belarusians during the Solidarity Rally organized in Krakow's Main Market Square. On August 15, 2020, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko addresses his supporters gathered at Independent Square of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Thousands of people have gathered in a square near Belarus' main government building for a rally to support President Alexander Lukashenko, while opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for a week aim to hold a major march in the capital. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he greets his supporters gathered at Independent Square of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Thousands of people have gathered in a square near Belarus' main government building for a rally to support President Alexander Lukashenko, while opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for a week aim to hold a major march in the capital. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko wave Belarusian State flags during a rally at Independent Square of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Thousands of people have gathered in a square near Belarus' main government building for a rally to support President Alexander Lukashenko, while opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for a week aim to hold a major march in the capital. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
People with old Belarusian National flags greet each other as they gather at the place where Alexander Taraikovsky died amid the clashes protesting the election results, during his civil funeral in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at the spot in Belarus' capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People, some of them ethnic Belarusians, light flares and wave Belarusian flags to support Belarusian opposition in front of Belarusian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, a police officer detains a protester after the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus. Hundreds of people released from custody after a violent crackdown on protests in Belarus are sharing their accounts of harsh treatment at the hands of police. (AP Photo, File)
Hundreds of people, among them many Belarusians, march in support of Belarusian demonstrators facing a brutal crackdown from the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday Aug. 14, 2020. Many protesters carried Belarusian and EU flags or pushed children in strollers as they walked the 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the old town of Warsaw to the Belarusian embassy in an outlying district. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People, some of them ethnic Belarusians, light flares and wave Belarusian flags to support Belarusian opposition in front of Belarusian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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