Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returns to Belarus after exile

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz has returned to Belarus after months of exile. On 31 August 2020, Kandrusievič was prevented from entering Belarus after visiting Poland, despite being a Belarusian citizen. The next day, Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the 74-year-old archbishop of “delving into politics and dragging believers” into it. 

 Kondrusiewicz had told an interviewer that “There is reason to believe that the [9 August 2020] election was dishonest. On 19 August he prayed at a prison that held people arrested for protesting that election and on 21 August he met with the Interior Minister to lodge a protest against the government’s response to the protest. 

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