Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of democratic Belarus, all structures created on her initiative, the Coordination Council and the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration including, are plenipotentiary bodies representing the entire Belarusian people, including Belarusians abroad. 

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was registered as a candidate to president elections in the 2020 and were supported by headquarters of unregistered candidates Viktar Babaryka and Valery Tsapkala. The basis of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s program was the release of political prisoners and the holding of new, fair elections.

Thanking to the combined efforts of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maryia Kalesnikava and Veranika Tsapkala, they managed to conduct a successful election campaign throughout the country, gathering support for rallies of support, which is unprecedented for Belarus, 60 thousand people. According to independent observations more than 50% of voters in the country and more than 80% of Belarusians abroad have voted for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Under pressure from the authorities after the elections, Sviatlana was forced to leave Belarus, continuing an active struggle to restore democracy in Belarus. As a national leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya not only inspires protests within the country, but is also active in the international arena, speaks to the UN and the EU, and meets with leaders of states.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the members of the joint headquarters were awarded the Sakharov Prize.