Roman Protasevich praises Lukashenko in video

The Belarusian state television broadcast a second interview with the imprisoned journalist and government critic Roman Protasevich (26). Suddenly he admits wrongdoing – and praises ruler Alexander Lukashenko (66). For Protasevich’s father, the interview is clearly the result of “abuse, torture and threats.”

The 26-year-old government critic was arrested after his Ryanair flight was forced to land in the capital Minsk by a Belarusian fighter jet en route from Athens to Vilnius. Now he admits on state television that he has called for protests.