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The Belarusian dissident Maria Kolesnikova has been in jail since September, when she opted to tear up her passport rather than go into coerced exile.
Organizers have cited safety concerns over the coronavirus and a crackdown on protests following President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election in August.
The IIHF's decision to remove this year's World Championship from Belarus has been hailed by the opposition and human rights organizations. They hope this case can set a precedence for other sports federations.
Officials plotted an assassination campaign against exiled dissidents and opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, according to a clandestine recording.
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