Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Human rights defender Alena Tankachova may be stripped of her residence permit

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Alena Tankachova, leader of the Minsk-based Center for Legal Transformation, also known as Lawtrend, told BelaPAN that Belarusian authorities were seeking to annul her residence permit.

“On September 23, I was notified that the annulment procedure had been launched,” the human rights defender said. “Although I’m a citizen of Russia, I have lived in Belarus for nearly 30 years and don’t want to leave. As a lawyer, I’m taking all necessary legal steps to defend myself.”

Ms. Tankachova refused to say anything else about the matter.