Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Святла́на Ціхано́ўская
Светла́на Тихано́вская
Tsikhanouskaya in November 2021
Personal details
Sviatlana Heorhiyeuna Pilipchuk

(1982-09-11) 11 September 1982 (age 41)
Mikashevichy, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)
Political partyIndependent (2020–present)
(Belarusian democracy movement)
Alma materMozyr State Pedagogical University
OccupationTeacher, interpreter, politician Edit this at Wikidata

Sviatlana Hyeorhiyeuna Tsikhanouskaya[a] (Belarusian: Святла́на Гео́ргіеўна Ціхано́ўская, née Pilipchuk, Піліпчук, also trans. Svetlana Georgiyevna Tikhanovskaya, Russian: Светла́на Гео́ргиевна Тихано́вская; born 11 September 1982) is a Belarusian activist and politician. She was a presidential candidate in the 2020 Belarusian presidential election. She was born in Mikashevichy.

2020 presidential campaign[change | change source]

Tsikhanouskaya at a rally on 30 July 2020

Her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky is a YouTuber and ran for president in 2020. However he was arrested. After the arrest of her husband on 29 May, Tsikhanouskaya announced her intention to run in his place.[19] Many people supported her campaign because the current president, Alexander Lukashenko has been seen as a dictator and very unpopular.[20]

The night before the election, members of her campaign were arrested and some fled to Minsk.[21]

Soon, she fled to Lithuania due to fear of imprisonment.[22]

In January 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus designated the structures of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as an extremist formations. Members of extremist formations face imprisonment under Belarusian law.[23]

In March 2023, Tsikhanouskaya was sentenced in-absentia to a 15-year jail term.[24]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Some sources state her name as Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] while others state it as Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, from the Russian version of her name.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: Only Together We Can Build Country For Life!". 31 July 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. "У Мастах пачалі судзіць актывіста штабу Ціханоўскай. Што ня так з судом". Радыё Свабода (in Belarusian). 3 August 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  3. "Russia says alleged mercenaries are 'in no way connected' with Belarus | DW | 31.07.2020". Deutsche Welle. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  4. Azarkevich, Yahor (6 July 2020). "Lukashenka's mistakes bring Belarus closer to democratisation". openDemocracy. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. Rolet, Dacid (30 July 2020). "La Biélorussie accuse des mercenaires russes de complot électoral". News 24 (in French). Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  6. "Thousand wait in line to support potential presidential candidates in Minsk". Belsat. 25 May 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  7. "Le tre donne che vogliono mettere fine al regime in Bielorussia". Il Post (in Italian). 3 August 2020.
  8. "Belarus: Crackdown on Political Activists, Journalists". Human Rights Watch. 30 July 2020.
  9. "Belarus opposition rally attracts thousands despite crackdown". BBC News. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  10. Roth, Andrew (26 July 2020). Written at Moscow. "Women unite in maverick attempt to unseat Lukashenko in Belarus". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  11. Davlashyan, Naira (8 June 2020). "Belarus presidential elections: Meet the three women teaming up to take on 'Europe's last dictator'". Euronews. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  12. Dixon, Robyn (23 July 2020). "Belarus's Lukashenko jailed election rivals and mocked women as unfit to lead. Now one is leading the opposition". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  13. "Support surges for wife of jailed Belarus YouTuber fighting Lukashenko's grip". The Financial Times. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  14. Dettmer, Jamie (22 June 2020). "'Slipper Revolution' Shakes Belarus". Voice of America. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  15. Bugoslavskaya, Alexandra (9 June 2020). "Belarus prepares for tense presidential elections". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  16. Karmanau, Yuras (19 July 2020). "Belarus rally for presidential challenger largest in years". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  17. Carroll, Oliver (28 July 2020). "'We don't want blood, we just want change': The extraordinary campaign to unseat Belarusian 'dictator' Alexander Lukashenko". The Independent. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  18. "The right way to get rid of President Alexander Lukashenko". The Economist. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  19. "In Belarus, 3 Women Unite to Fight Strongman Lukashenko". Moscow Times. 20 July 2020.
  20. Bennetts, Marc (20 July 2020). Written at Moscow. "Wife of jailed blogger steps up to fight Lukashenko of Belarus". The Times. London. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  21. Roth, Andrew; Auseyushkin, Yan (9 August 2020). Written at Moscow and Minsk. "Opposition candidate comes out of hiding as Belarus votes". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  22. "Belarus opposition Tsikhanouskaya 'independently' fled to Lithuania". 11 August 2020.
  23. "Сотрудников Офиса Тихановской записали в экстремисты". Voice of America (in Russian). 2023-01-27. Retrieved 2023-03-22.
  24. "Тихановскую приговорили к 15 годам колонии". РБК (in Russian). Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 2023-03-06.

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