An interview which deals with the political situation in Belarus today. In an exclusive talk with 2020 presidential candidate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya we learn about the opposition’s plans to democratize the country and how people from abroad can support the democratization process in Belarus. By Tomas Marik
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was born in Mikashevichy (Belarus) in 1982. She has studied English and German at the University of Masyr and then worked for the Chernobyl disaster relief fund. In 2005 she married Siarhei Tsikhanouski, with whom she has a son and a daughter. In May 2020, her husband announced his intention to run for president of Belarus. However, two months later Tsikhanouskaya decided to run herself, when her husband was being arrested by the regime in Belarus. After the Lukashenko-corrupted election of the 9th of August 2020, Tsikhanouskaya was forced into exile. She now organizes democratic movements against the Belarusian regime from Vilnius and seeks support around the world. The European Union no longer recognises Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus and has pledged broad support for Tsikhanouskaya.