Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “I understand that Belarusian entrepreneurs are in a minefield. Since the war started, a Belarusian passport by itself might be a reason why your accounts are blocked in some countries. At the same time, public statements or actions for many of you instantly affect employees and offices in Belarus. On the contrary, silence about what's going on may be perceived by the West as support for the regime and result in sanctions. I know the price of both your silence and your words.
To be by your side in complicated matters, we are creating a working group on Belarusian business, and I ask for your opinion and advice on what issues it should tackle and who can join it. We were looking for a long time for a business representative to join such a group until one of you said that a good lawyer would be enough to start with. So this group includes my newly appointed Representative on Legal Affairs, Sviatlana Babintseva.
I realize that this is not a topic for discussion in the comments – so write to our email that we created specifically for business issues: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us through the members of my team, if you know them. Be sure that all your information will be conveyed to where it belongs”.
Watch Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's address with subtitles in English.