Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarusian opposition candidate who fled to neighbouring Lithuania after standing in Sunday’s presidential election, has posted a video calling on her supporters to continue their protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime.
Tikhanovskaya also claimed victory in the election, saying that there was evidence she had polled between 60-70% of the vote. There have been widespread protests and reports of retaliatory police brutality since the election
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Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus and formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.
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On 11 March 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Baltic state to proclaim its independence, resulting in the restoration of the independent State of Lithuania.
Lithuania is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy. Lithuania is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, eurozone, Schengen Agreement, NATO and OECD. It is also a member of the Nordic Investment Bank, part of Nordic-Baltic cooperation of Northern European countries, and is classified as a Northern European country by the United Nations.