The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation, which defends athletes imprisoned or expelled from competitions, says the reason for the arrest has not been disclosed. Local media reported that the athlete made an administrative error, according to the police.
The 25-year-old skater, who competed in the Pyeongchang Games in 2018 and won the world title in the aerobics part a year later, was arrested on Wednesday after training and is being held at a police station in Minsk. Ramanushkaga is one of the signatories of an open letter of protest, signed by more than 2,000 athletes in Belarus, denouncing the 2020 presidential election as fraudulent. It was won by the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko.
Several Belarusian athletes, including decade-old Andrei Krauchenko and basketball star Yelena Lyushanka, who supported Lukashenko’s opposition, were arrested and imprisoned. Athlete Kristina Tsimanoskaga refused to return to Belarus during the Tokyo Olympics. Taken care of in Poland.
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