LUNCH WITH THE FT: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: ‘They were sure I was a nobody’
The exiled Belarus opposition leader on a year of protest — and why she believes Alexander Lukashenko’s days in power are numbered
2020 upended the plans of most of humanity. But few saw expectation and reality diverge quite so sharply, and with such far-reaching consequences, as Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
The former language teacher from southern Belarus began 2020 with the modest aim of returning to work after a decade at home caring for her children, and waiting for her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky, a YouTube activist and critic of Belarus’s despotic leader Alexander Lukashenko, to be freed from prison...