Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya in Prague

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is on a four-day visit to Prague, is due to unveil a memorial plaque to physician Frantisek Skorina on Old Town Square. Skorina’s translation of the Bible was printed in Prague in 1517 as the first Belarusian book.

On Monday, Mrs. Tsikhanouskaya will attend the opening of the Belarusian Democratic Forces office in Prague and a special screening of the documentary ‘An Accidental President” at the One World festival, her personal and political portrait. Concluding her visit on Tuesday, Tsikhanouskaya is scheduled to meet with top Czech politicians.

The opposition leader has been living in exile in Lithuania, where she fled shortly after running in the 2020 presidential election against Alexander Lukashenko, who was contentiously declared the victor. Her husband, blogger Sjarhei Cichanouski, was sentenced to 18 years in prison last year for organizing demonstrations against the Lukashenko regime.

Author: Ruth Fraňková