Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Belarusian Democratic Forces
Speaker at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2022

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of the Belarusian Democratic Forces who, according to independent observers, won the presidential election on August 9, 2020 against autocratic president Aliaksandr Lukashenka. As the leader of the Belarusian democratic movement, she has visited 26 countries, raising support and campaigning for the release of over 1000 political prisoners and a peaceful transfer of power through free and fair elections. At meetings with President Biden, Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, President von der Leyen and other world leaders, Tsikhanouskaya stressed the need for a bolder response to the Belarusian dictatorship.

In 2020–2022, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya became a symbol of peaceful struggle for democracy and strong female leadership. In addition to dozens of awards, she is the recipient of the Sakharov Prize awarded by the European Parliament, the International Four Freedoms Award 2022 and the Charlemagne Prize. In 2021 and 2022 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and members of the Norwegian Parliament.

Talks at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2022