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Belarus Opposition Leader Returns To Minsk

Minsk, April 26 (RFE/RL) - Belarus opposition leader Zyanon Paznyak has returned to Minsk. Paznyak arrived today by train from Poland, and this evening he plans to participate in commemorative events, marking the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. Today has been declared a national day of mourning in Belarus.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has issued a warrant for Paznyak's arrest for his alleged role in organizing demonstrations in Minsk against the Belarus-Russia integration agreement.

Paznyak, the leader of the Belarussian Popular Front, was out of the country at the time the arrest warrant was issued. He was visiting Ukraine, and he traveled on to the Czech republic and Poland, seeking moral and political support for his movement. He has received support of politicians during the tour.

Paznyak says he plans to begin a tour of the West soon, seeking to gain support there, as well.