/ 05 August 2021

Sprinter safe but Belarus blighted

We talked earlier this week about Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, the athlete who was said to be kidnapped by Olympic officials after insulting them on social media. The 24yo yesterday said she was scared for her safety after being told that “upon return home, I would definitely face some form of punishment.” Which, if you’re from Belarus, is a terrifying prospect…  She left Tokyo yesterday, but instead of heading to Poland, she has landed in Austria over security concerns. The saga has put international attention back on Belarus, home to Europe’s ‘last dictator’ Alexander Lukashenko. Yesterday, UK PM Boris Johnson said he’s “committed to supporting human rights” there while in a meeting with exiled Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya#SquizShortcut

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