More than 60,000 people turned out in support of opposition candidate Syarhei Tsikhanousky. She stands opposed to "Europe's last dictator" Alexander Lukashenko.
The Russian government said it had arrested two men who were planning to attempt a coup in Belarus and intended to assassinate President Alexander Lukashenko.
Authorities say they have opened an investigation into the exiled opposition figure over allegations she plotted to stage explosions in Minsk and other cities. Her spokeswoman dismissed the claims as "absurd."
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says the OSCE and UN are ready to facilitate negotiations between the opposition and the Belarus government.
In just a few months the opposition figure went from unknown stay-at-home mom to the leader of democratic Belarus. She told DW she's proud of both roles, and says that for millions of women, "the inner strength awoke."
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