Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

Belarus’s opposition leader on her plan to take down Lukashenko

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Credit: Getty images)

On this day in 2020, Belarus held presidential elections. Standing against the dictatorial incumbent of 26 years Alexandr Lukashenko was Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. An unlikely candidate, English teacher Tsikhanouskaya decided to stand for election in place of her vlogger husband Siarhei, who was arrested and subsequently jailed for 18 years after the authorities refused to register his own candidacy for the contest.

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