Christopher Miller+ Your Authors @ChristopherJM Correspondent covering Ukraine and more for @BuzzFeedNews. Also seen in @RFERL @POLITICOEurope @ViceNews @Guardian. Send tips to [email protected] Aug. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Update: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has fled Belarus for Lithuania, says the country’s foreign minister.

Tikhanovskaya said yday she’d challenge election results, remain in Belarus & fight. She encouraged people to speak out but didn’t encourage protests. We know she had a meeting at election commission but we don’t know exactly what happened there. Seems something changed her mind.

Lithuania FM @LinkeviciusL tells local media about Tikhanovskaya's situation: "The night was really tense, she was detained for a very long time, maybe about 7 hours" before she was able to leave Belarus. He suggests he helped after couldn't reach her.  https://www.lrt.lt/naujienos/pasaulyje/6/1206026/linkevicius-siuo-momentu-cichanouskaja-lietuvoje-saugioje-salyje-tai-svarbiausia 

Tikhanovskaya's team says she was forced to leave Belarus in order for authorities to release her chief of staff Maria Moroz, who was detained on Satuday. In other words, this was more of a hostage negotiation. Both women are now in Lithuania.

Another thing we now know: Source tells me and also @tutby reporting that Tikhanovskaya crossed the border into Lithuania at 3:30am this morning. Still many details we don't know.


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