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Belarusian opposition leaders nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Three leaders of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. This was stated by Geir Toskedal, a member of the Norwegian parliament from the Christian People’s Party. His words are quoted by the Vart Land edition.
According to him, the Belarusians deserve this award by fighting for fair elections in the country, as well as by inspiring the people to “peaceful demonstrations against the illegitimate regime in Belarus”.
The parliamentarian expressed hope that the nomination of opposition leaders will attract even more public attention to the peaceful struggle against the “last dictator” of Europe.
Earlier, Tikhanovskaya has already received the John McCain Prize, which is presented by the International Republican Institute. The activities of this non-profit organization in Russia were declared undesirable. It aims to “help individual countries build democracy,” and the institute itself works in collaboration with the US Department of State.
On October 13, the former presidential candidate put forward an ultimatum to the current leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, according to which he must announce his resignation by October 25, violence in the streets must stop, and all political prisoners must be released.
The presidential elections in Belarus took place on August 9. According to official data, Tikhanovskaya won 10 percent, and Alexander Lukashenko, who ran for a sixth term, got 80 percent of the vote. This triggered massive protests across the country, which have been going on for the third month.

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