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MOSCOW—This time last year, opposition activist Yuri Voskresensky was languishing in a KGB jail in Belarus for protesting against autocratic leader Alexander Lukashenko. Now, he spends his time volunteering to collect the names of Belarusian inmates who have spoken out against Lukashenko’s brutal 26-year rule, earning him the title of “the rat” among Belarusian dissidents.

That sudden switching of sides appears to have taken place during the three months Voskresensky spent in jail between August and October last year for helping to organize an attempted coup. According to the state news agency Belta and Voskresensky himself, Lukashenko had visited prisoners during that time, including a meeting with Voskresensky, where he convinced him to cooperate with authorities. Since then, the former prisoner has been persuading opposition inmates to request pardon for their actions—he told Deutsche Welle that he sent letters to 650 arrested citizens proposing they appeal for pardon—and sending the…

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