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Belarus opposition leader says authorities threatened to kill her during deportation attempt: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Politician and representative of the Coordination Council for members of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kolesnikova attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova said authorities put a bag over her head and threatened to kill her when they tried to forcibly deport her earlier this week, the Tut.By media outlet cited her lawyer as saying on Thursday.

The lawyer said Kolesnikova had filed a statement over the incident and was seeking legal action against authorities including the Belarusian KGB over her treatment.

Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; writing by Tom Balmforth

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