Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of democratic Belarus

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was born on September 11th, 1982 in Mikashevichy, Brest Region. She graduated from Mozyr State Pedagogical University and worked in the Chernobyl disaster relief fund.  

In 2005 she married Siarhei Tsikhanouski and postponed her career to devote her time to family and children. In 2019, Siarhei started a YouTube channel, where he told about the real life in Belarus. The channel went extremely popular and in May 2020 Siarhei Tsikhanouski announced his desire to run for President of the Republic of Belarus.

But on June 30th 2020, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya decided to submit an application for presidency herself, since the regime considered her husband a political threat and imprisoned him, so that he could not run. This decision took her an immense willpower. 

Since then, the story of Sviatlana Tikhanouskaya is the story of uniting both political forces and the people of Belarus. In July, her team merged with Viktar Babaryka and Valery Tsepkalo’s headquarters. Both of the candidates were suspended, and this was the regime's fatal mistake. Led by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kalesnikava and Veronika Tsepkalo, as the main representatives of the democratic society of Belarus, their joint team proved that the majority of citizens, not just the opposition, desire changes.

On August 9th, the day of the presidential elections, the regime appeared to be unable to withstand losing and started violent repressions against the Belarusian people. On August 10th, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was forcibly expelled from the country. However, it was not the end of the united headquarters. Staying in Vilnius, Sviatlana continued supporting the Belarusian people. Independent polls and unrigged protocols supposed that Mrs.Tsikhanouskaya must have won the election. That is why Sviatlana can perform as a legitimate President of Belarus for the transition period and is able to achieve three main goals of her campaign:

1. End the violence against peaceful Belarusians;
2. Free all political prisoners;
3. Hold new democratic presidential elections in Belarus. 

Timeline

May 6

A blogger and ‘Country for life’ YouTube channel creator, Siarhei Tsikhanouski announces his intention to run for President

May 15

The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Belarus refuses to register Siarhei Tsikhanouski’s initiative group

May 20

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya registers her initiative group to be nominated as a presidential candidate

May 29

Siarhei Tsikhanouski is arrested during Sviatlana’s campaign rally. Recognised as a political prisoner by international organisations, he is still under arrest

June 15

Sviatlana announced that her headquarter collected 100,000 signatures required to be registered as a candidate

June 18

Viktar Babaryka, a candidate for the presidential election, is detained on falsified criminal allegations. Belarusians go out to the streets, building human solidarity chains and peacefully protesting

June 19

Belarusians continue peaceful protests. This is the last day of gathering signatures for the nomination of candidates. Soon, repressions in the country begin

June 24 

The formation of precinct election commissions is about to be finished. Citizens are being massively denied registration in it. Commissions are formed of people who are loyal

June 30

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya files documents to the Central Election Commission for participation in the elections

July 14

The Commission registers Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a candidate. At the same time, Viktar Babaryka and Valery Tsepkalo are unjustly denied registration. Lukashenka is eliminating his strongest opponents. Protests continue in the country

July 16 

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kalesnikava and Veronika Tsepkalo announce the consolidation of the teams of Tsikhanouskaya, Babaryka and Tsepkalo.

July 19

The united headquarters start the election rally. More than 7 thousand people came to the campaign event in Minsk. It is still not clear for now, but in the future there are going to be 9 times more people at the same rally.

July 30

The largest rally in support of Sviatlana Tsikhanovskaya is being held in Minsk. Maria Kalesnikava and Veronika Tsepkalo also joined her. According to human rights activists, it was attended by about 63 thousand people.

August 4

The beginning of early voting. Independent observers are being massively deprived of the opportunity to carry out their work. A lot of violations and falsification of the turnout are noticed.

August 9 

Presidential elections are held in Belarus. Observers continue to report violations. The turnout is high, and people stay near the polling stations to wait for the results. There are widespread conflicts with electoral commissions, citizens are deprived of the opportunity to find out the results. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya reportedly winning in many polls around the country. However, according to the official exit poll, about 80% of the votes were cast for Lukashenka. Mass peaceful protests are spreading around the country at night. Authorities are cracking down hard on the protests using rubber bullets and stun grenades. There is information about the first victims. Mass detentions are taking place.

August 10 

Lukashenka scored 80.8% of the votes by the official figures, Sviatlana – 10.9%. Mrs. Tsikhanouskaya submits a complaint to the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Belarus, but competent authorities are holding a private conversation in the absence of her attorney. She is forcibly exiled to Lithuania. Mass protests and violent actions of the security forces in response continue.

August 12

Women hold the first March against violence on the streets of Minsk after the events of August 9-11. Now these Marches are traditionally held on Saturdays. 

August 14 

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya announces the creation of the Coordination Council. Since its beginning, the regime has been politically persecuting members of the Presidium and the Main body. At the moment, all the members of the Presidium are either under arrest, or have left Belarus.

August 16

The first Sunday rally – the Freedom March. About 220 thousand people take part in it, according to the estimates of journalists. Peaceful protest shows the solidarity of the Belarusian people against violence by the security forces, against election fraud, political persecution and arrests, and the Lukashenka’s regime in general. Since that day, mass Marches are being held in the country every Sunday.

August 25

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addressed the situation in Belarus during her speech before the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee. 

September 4

Mrs.Tsikhanouskaya presents a report at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

September 7

Security forces kidnapped Maria Kalesnikava, the head of headquarter of Viktar Babaryka and member of the Presidium of the Coordinational Council. The next day, they tried to forcibly remove her from Belarus, but Maria sabotaged the operation. Since then, Maria has been under arrest in the Volodarsky pre-trial detention center.

September 8

Sviatlana addressed the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

September 21

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addresses the International Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, calling for recognizing the illegitimacy of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, releasing political prisoners, imposing individual sanctions on representatives of the regime, etc.

September 29

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets the President of France Emmanuel Macron in Vilnius. Also on September 29th, she appoints Hary Pahanyaila as her representative for Human Rights and Ales Aliakhnovich as the representative for economic reforms.

October 5

Sviatlana appoints new representatives. Alana Gebremariam becomes the representative for Youth and Student Affairs. Mechaslau Hryb is appointed as a Chairman of the Constitutional reform Commission, and Anatoli Lyabedzka is appointed as a coordinator of the Commission. Aliaksandr Dabravolski became a senior political adviser to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and Franak Vyachorka became the adviser on International Relations.

October 6

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets with Angela Merkel, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, and discusses the situation in Belarus.

October 8

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets the President of Slovakia Zuzana Chaputova.

October 10

Aliaksandr Lukashenka visits political prisoners in the pre-trial detention center. In the evening, Siarhei Tsikhanousky is allowed to call his wife for the first time since his arrest.

October 13

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya announces that a people's Ultimatum will be held in Belarus on October 25th. The demands are the following: 

1. Lukashenka must announce his resignation. 

2. Violence on the streets must stop completely. 

3. All political prisoners must be released. 

As a consequence of non-compliance with the Ultimatum, the People's strike begins on October 26th.

October 16

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada François-Philippe Champagne.

October 22

Belarusian People win the annual Sakharov prize of the European Parliament ‘For freedom of thought.’

October 25

Belarusians take part in peaceful protests on Sunday in the name of the People's Ultimatum.

October 26

The People's Strike has started all over Belarus. It is supported by workers of state-owned factories, large private companies and small businesses, students and lecturers, doctors, and cultural workers.

November, 13 

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya announces People’s Tribunal and amnesty for the capture of Lukashenko and the members of his terrorist group.

19 November 2020 в 09:17