The Ryanair aircraft which was diverted to Minsk, where Raman Pratasevich was detained, later flew on to its intended destination, Vilnius. Photo by Andrius Sytas/Global Media/Reuters.
The Belarusian dissident whose plane was forced down in Minsk knew he was on the KGB's blacklist.

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