Discord and Dissent: Belarus and the Struggle for Democracy
Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
It has been one year since a pro-democratic movement erupted across Belarus against president and dictator, Alyaksandr Lukashenka after claims of fraud in the 2020 Belarusian election. Since then, Lukashenka has made international headlines for using pretext to force the landing in Minsk of an international flight to arrest a Belarusian opposition journalist, illustrating the degree to which he is willing to go to quash dissent. What is the status of protests in Belarus and what role does Russian President and Lukashenka-supporter Vladimir Putin play? Join us for our member-only discussion on Thursday, November 4th, with Hanna Liubakova, journalist, non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and recipient of the Peter Caws Prize, to learn the inside story, the current situation on the ground, and more.
Hanna Liubakova is a journalist from Belarus and non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. She works as a journalism trainer and mentor. She started her career at the only independent Belarusian TV channel Belsat where she worked as a correspondent and TV presenter. Hanna has reported from various countries and regions, including Belgium, UK, Poland, France, and Chechnya. She was a recipient of the Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Czechia, as well as a World Press Institute Fellowship in the United States. Hanna received a degree in Art History from The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2010 and a Master of Art with distinction in International Journalism from Brunel University in London in 2017. She was awarded the Peter Caws Prize for best postgraduate dissertation.
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