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'The scope and the brutality of the extensive force used by the regime is in clear violation of all international norms,' says opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

#UPDATE  #Belarusopposition  leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has fled to Lithuania, will travel to Brussels to meet EU foreign ministers and has warned that her country was on the "threshold of an economic abyss " 

Russia's foreign intelligence chief has accused the United States of protecting Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and allocating $20 million to promote anti-government protests that erupted after disputed elections

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya writes in Opinions: The regime in Belarus is trying to steal our victory. It won’t succeed.

"Lukashenko has no future as a leader of this country, and it is only a question of time until he leaves power," writes Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. "But, for now, we must continue with our efforts."

"This regime is a giant with feet of clay," writes Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition leader in Belarus: "What appeared to be destined for eternity will be gone in a blink of an eye"

The harder that dictator Alexander Lukashenko tries to maintain his power, the more it is ebbing away, writes Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus

The regime in Belarus is trying to steal our victory. It won’t succeed, writes Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus


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European diplomats have gathered inside the home of Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian Nobel laureate, to protect her from Lukashenko’s security forces and prevent her from being detained. Alexievich is a member of Tikhanovskaya’s coordination council and supports the protests.

Belarus is gripped by mass protests over the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko But who is opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and why have people chosen now to protest against a president who's been in power for 26 years?

Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya hasn’t been seen or heard from for hours following a meeting at the Central Election Commission. Her own staff aren’t sure where she is and she’s not answering calls and texts even from foreign ministers of other countries.

Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has fled her country for neighboring Lithuania, after being detained for 7 hours. Lithuania's Foreign Minister@LinkeviciusL  explains just how Tikhanovskaya ended up in his country, and reacts to the crackdown in Belarus.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya entered the race after her husband, an anti-gov't blogger who intended to run, was jailed. Her rallies have drawn some of the biggest crowds since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has vanished after leaving the election commission, and telling a campaign lawyer she “made a decision.” Staff can’t reach her. Not clear if she went to ground, fled, or was detained. Belarus has a habit of disappearing dissidents.

I just spoke with Anna Krasulina, spokeswoman for Belarus opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. They’re claiming they’ve won the election. “They [the regime] need to prepare to transfer power.” Story coming soon at @globeandmail 

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the woman challenging Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in tomorrows big election, has left her apartment and gone into hiding in Minsk after her top two aides were detained by authorities, her press service says.