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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Святла́на Ціхано́ўская
Светла́на Тихано́вская
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Tsikhanouskaya in November 2020
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Sviatlana Heorhiyeuna Pilipchuk

(1982-09-11) 11 September 1982 (age 40)
Mikashevichy, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)
Nationality Belarusian
Political party Independent (2020–present)
(Belarusian democracy movement)
Sergei Tikhanovsky
(m. 2004)
Children 2
Alma mater Mozyr State Pedagogical University
Occupation Teacher, interpreter, politician

Sviatlana Hyeorhiyeuna Tsikhanouskaya (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

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Tsikhanouskaya at a rally on 30 July 2020

Her husband, Siahei Tsikhanouski 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. Many people supported her campaign because the current president, Alexander Lukashenko has been seen as a dictator and very unpopular.

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

Soon, she fled to Lithuania due to fear of imprisonment.

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