Poland and the Czech Republic have offered asylum to an Olympic athlete from Belarus who escaped efforts to fly her home after she publicly criticised her country’s authorities.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, spent a night at a hotel in Haneda airport in Tokyo after appealing online for help to stop being returned to Minsk. She entered the Polish embassy in Tokyo yesterday under Japanese police protection.
Tsimanouskaya plans to leave for Poland in the coming days, Marcin Przydacz, a Polish deputy foreign minister, told Reuters. She was “safe and in good condition”, he said.