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The opposition in Belarus is imprisoned, dead or in exile

The opposition in Belarus is imprisoned, dead or in exile

Svyatlana TseshanovskayaLukashenko’s opponent in the scandal-ridden 2020 presidential election was forced into exile two days later. Since then, she has chaired a coordination council from Vilnius.

Svjatlana Tsichanouskaja has taken refuge in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Photo: Attila Husejnow / TT

Tsichanouskajas make, videobloggaren Syarhej TsishanowskiIn early May 2020, two days after he was declared running for the presidential elections.

Maria Kalisenkava, Another former presidential candidate, refused to leave the country when Lukashenko’s agents tried to coerce her. Her passport was torn up at the border and she has been imprisoned since September 2020.

Maria Kalisenkava has been imprisoned since September of last year.

Maria Kalisenkava has been imprisoned since September of last year.

Photo: Sergej Bobylev / TT

Veronica Tsapkala He took the election campaign after her husband Valerij Tsapkala Stop as a filter. The whole family now lives in exile in Ukraine.

Even a Nobel Prize winner Svetlana AlexejevitShe, who was fiercely critical of Lukashenko, was forced to move to Germany last fall after her home was surrounded by KGB agents.

Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich was forced to move to Germany last fall.

Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich was forced to move to Germany last fall.

Photo: Dmitry Azarov / TT

All politicians who had previously opposed Lukashenko were neutralized by the regime. Mykola Statchet In prison and Andre Sanecao Living in exile in Poland.

But thousands of lower-level activists are regularly arrested and convicted without receiving much attention. One of them is 50 years old Asgork is generatedLast Friday, he died in his prison of a heart attack.

Mykola Statkevich is in prison.

Mykola Statkevich is in prison.

Photo: Natalia Fedosenko / TT

Earlier in May, he was sentenced completely unknown Alexey Santiuk Six years in prison. His “crime” was that he knocked drums during protest rallies against Lukashenko.

Others, like Natalia Sivtsova-Syadusykina, He was arrested for wearing socks “the wrong color”, i.e. red and white as the banned flag of Belarus.

Hundreds of journalists have been arrested since the presidential elections. Many of them testify to torture in prisons and prisons. About twenty detainees today, including the reporter Lyubo Kaspgarovate And photographer Tatsiana Capitonava From the independent tut.by website who was arrested earlier in May.

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