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Belarus links suspected Russian mercenary plot to election candidate's husband: Belta

(Reuters) - Authorities in Belarus believe the husband of opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya may have ties to a group of suspected Russian mercenaries detained on suspicion of plotting violence, the Belta news agency said on Thursday.

The state-run agency also reported that Belarus had launched a criminal case against Tikhanouskaya’s husband Syarhei Tsikhanouski, who is in jail, on suspicion of inciting riots.

Russia earlier on Thursday demanded an explanation from Belarus, after Minsk arrested the alleged Russian mercenaries and said they were suspected of plotting “acts of terrorism” before a presidential election.

Reporting by Matthias Williams; Editing by Andrew Osborn