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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarussian Released

MINSK, Belarus () -- Belarussian authorities Tuesday freed a jailed opposition leader who needed medical care after 24 days on a hunger strike, an official said.

Yury Khadyka, a prominent scientist and a leader of the nationalist Belarussian Popular Front, was admitted to a Minsk hospital immediately after his release, said prosecutor Nikolai Kupriyanov.

Khadyka was arrested and charged with "organizing mass riots'' following a demonstration April 26 that turned into an anti-government rally.

He and another jailed Popular Front leader, Vyacheslav Sivchik, began a hunger strike to demand their release. Sivchik was freed on Friday.

The charges against both men have not been dropped, and they face up to three years in prison if convicted.