Vienna Hosts Meetings for Belarusian Opposition Leader

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: February 28, 2024; 12:15 ♦ (Vindobona)

In a diplomatic engagement, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg welcomed Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Belarusian opposition leader, for a pivotal discussion in Vienna. This meeting, which took place within the framework of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, brought the key figure of the Belarusian opposition to Vienna to address the OSCE and the European Community under the symbolic presence of the Austrian and EU flags.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya during the Address to the 3rd Committee of the PA OSCE in Vienna. / Picture: © Photo by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's Office / Flickr Attribution (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED,

Tsikhanouskaya, who emerged as a beacon of hope for many in Belarus following the controversial 2020 presidential elections, has been at the forefront of the struggle against President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime. Her ascent to political prominence was unconventional; she stepped into the political arena after her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky, a presidential candidate,…