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Minutes to touchdown: the moment a Belarusian dissident knew his time was up

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By Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) – Ryanair Flight 4978 had already begun its descent into the Lithuanian capital when the pilot announced that the plane would be suddenly diverting to Minsk, capital of neighbouring Belarus. There was no explanation. But one of the passengers aboard the Boeing 737 reacted immediately, standing up from his seat, reaching into the overhead locker, pulling a laptop computer from his hand luggage and passing it to a female companion along with his mobile phone. Belurusian dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, who is wanted in Belarus for his role in broadcastin…

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