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Protests have been going on in Belarus for three days already. Security officials continued detentions, workers went on strike at several enterprises

Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

The main thing by 13:00 on August 12

  • The single opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya left the country and arrived in Lithuania.
  • Three days of protests were detained more than 6 thousand people.
  • Ex-RBC correspondent, Meduza journalist Maxim Solopov was released in Minsk. There was no contact with him from the night of August 10, when he was detained.

Election results

  • The CEC of Belarus announced the preliminary results of the elections. The current president Alexander Lukashenko – 80.08%, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10.09%.
  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters did not recognize results announced by the CEC. They said data from polling stations across the country showed an opposition candidate’s victory. Headquarters demanded peaceful transfer of power. Tihanovskaya filed a complaint to the CEC. The Commission accepted the complaint.
  • On August 11, it became known that Tikhanovskaya left Belarus and left for Lithuania. It wrote down a video message in which she explained her departure: “God forbid you to face the choice that I faced. So people, take care of yourself, please. No life is worth what is happening now. “
  • Preliminary results of other candidates: Anna Kanopatskaya – 1.68%, Sergey Cherechen – 1.13%, Andrey Dmitriev – 1.04%. 6.02% voted against all.
  • The voting was attended by 5.79 million people, or 84.23% of voters. This is the lowest result in the last ten years: in 2015 the turnout was 87.2%, in 2010 – 90.65%.
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Post-election protests

On August 9, after the closing of polling stations, protesters began to take to the streets of Belarusian cities. They flocked to the center in Brest, Baranovichi, Vitebsk and other cities. The rallies continued in the following days. August 12, the authorities of Minsk appreciated damage from riots: it amounted to 500 thousand Belarusian rubles (14.8 million Russian rubles).


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