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Who is Sofia Sapega?
Sofia Sapega is widely known as the girlfriend of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, who was arrested after a plane flying from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, forced the Belarusian government to divert to Minsk on Sunday. Sofia was also arrested after the unexpected grounding.
She was traveling with Protasevich and flying to Vilnius to defend her master’s thesis, according to a statement from the European University of Humanities.
Sapega’s family confirmed her arrest on Monday, the spokesperson told the outlet.
How old is Sofia Sapega?
Sofia Sapega is 23 years old in the year 2021.
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Sapega and Protasevich had been on vacation together in Greece, a university spokesman told Reuters. Sapega, who is a Russian citizen, had been on vacation with Protasevich in Greece, according to a university spokesman who confirmed the news to Reuters.
A Lithuanian passenger, who only gave his name as Mantas, said that upon hearing the news that the plane was being diverted, Protasevich immediately opened an upper locker, took out a laptop and a phone and gave them to a female colleague. She was later identified as Sapega.
Upon landing, Protasevich was immediately separated from Sapega, but then she was also arrested.
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Belarusian authorities dispatched a fighter jet on Sunday to divert a Ryanair plane, citing a bogus bomb threat.
When the passenger plane was forced to land in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, police officers boarded the plane and arrested Protasevich, who has openly opposed the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Passengers on the flight told The Daily Beast that as soon as Ryanair announced the diversion, Protasevich “immediately” opened the overhead compartment to collect his electronic devices, handing his laptop and phone to Sapega.
But Protasevich and Sapega were detained by the Minsk City Investigation Committee Administration under what Sapega University called “baseless and fabricated conditions”, in a statement following their arrest. It is unclear for what charges Sapega was detained.
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The Russian embassy in Minsk told The New York Times that Belarus had notified the consul of Sapega’s arrest. Sapega University said she is providing immediate consular assistance and called on the international community and human rights defenders to help her free her.
“Sofia’s peers and faculty say that the student is well regarded due to her academic performance and reputation in the EHU community,” the statement said.
Belarusian state media have reported that it was Lukashenko who gave the “unequivocal order” to ground the plane in Minsk. Data from Flightradar.com showing the plane was closer to its destination in Lithuania than Minsk, Insider’s Cheryl Teh reported.
The airline’s chief executive said Monday that Belarusian KGB agents were on board the Ryanair plane.
Lawyers seeking to help Protasevich told The Times they believe he is being held in a jail in Minsk operated by the Belarusian intelligence service.
On Monday, the Belarusian authorities released a video of Protasevich, in which he said that he was cooperating with the authorities.
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In a statement given to Reuters, the university said: “As a result of a covert operation by the Belarusian authorities, the student was detained by the Minsk City Investigation Committee Administration under unfounded and fabricated conditions.”
Needless to say, Sapega was unlucky enough to be on the flight, which led to her arrest. Her college of hers has condemned her arrest.
Sapega was flying to Vilnius to defend her master’s thesis from her at university to graduate from her five-year course. Sapega is a law student at the university, founded in Minsk in 1992, but forced by the Belarusian authorities to move to neighboring Lithuania in 2004.
Sapega University has urged the international community and human rights defenders to help her free her. “Sofia’s classmates and faculty members say that the student is well regarded due to her academic performance and reputation in the EHU community,” she reads in the university statement.
The boyfriend Roman was against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The president reportedly ordered a MiG-29 fighter jet to accompany the Ryanair commercial jet to Minsk as it made its way to Vilnius. After landing at the Minsk airport, Protasevich was arrested by the local police and taken to jail.
After helping organize mass protests against Lukashenko in 2020, the state declared him “extremist.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued a statement calling the incident a “crash landing under false pretenses.”