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Exiled Belarusian Opposition Activist Returns Ahead Of Election

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Exiled Belarusian Opposition Activist Returns Ahead Of Election

Opposition activist Vyachaslau Siuchyk has returned to Belarus after five years of self-imposed exile in Ukraine, becoming the second government foe to come home ahead of an October 11 presidential election.

Siuchyk’s wife, mother, and friends met the activist at a train station in Minsk on September 15.

While he held out no hope for a free and fair election, Siuchyk suggested the political landscape could be shifting following Russia’s intervention in neighboring Ukraine, which has raised alarm about Moscow’s intentions in other ex-Soviet republics.

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