The Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with “actions aimed at undermining national security” following her detention 10 days ago. The charge carries a jail sentence of up to five years.

Kolesnikova (38) rose to prominence both before and after the August 9 presidential election that was almost certainly stolen by the long-term incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko. She had formerly worked as the campaign manger for jailed president candidate Viktor Babariko.

The Bealrus regime has nor arrested or deported all but one of the members of the Coordination Council, a seven-member board set up to enable a transfer of power from Lukashenko. The only remaining member who remains free is Svetlana Alexievich, the widely-respected Nobel prize winner.

PHOTO: Maria Kolesnikova Reuters