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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya:

Oh, of course not.

I have never been involved in politics, the same as the majority of Belarusians. You never — almost never believe that something could be done. But, last year, step by step, many actions preceded this uprooting of the Belarusian people.

New faces started to appear in those, like my husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky. He started to go around the country asking ordinary people, who to lead. What would you like to change?

And then COVID came, and people understood that they can do without this government. We — at the time when our doctors, medics needed help from government, it didn’t help them. And people united to supply our doctors with facial masks, with special equipment for breathing.

And people understood that this is (INAUDIBLE). This is — we — you can survive without the dictator. And people saw alternative.

I brought my documents to the election commission only to support my husband. And I was sure that the election commission would deny to accept my documents, because they understood that I’m wife of Sergei. But they wanted to make laugh at me and just look, who will vote for a woman, for a housewife?

But they lost the connection with the people in Belarus. They lost understanding that people woke up that they don’t want to live under a dictatorship anymore.

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