PORTRAIT. Who is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Chernobyl child …


Nothing in the past of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya indicated that she would one day become the great challenger of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. As a child she suffered from the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as a young mother she set her career to zero to take care of her children. Now that the dictator has hit back unusually hard against the protests in various cities, she has fled to Lithuania. Forced to continue the fight from there.
Sveta, as her supporters call her, seemed destined to live a life in anonymity. As a little girl she was rather timid and humble, as people who knew her at the time testify in various …


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