Dissidents are fleeing Belarus after Lukashenko’s crackdown on protesters

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Simon Ostrovsky:

Today, he’s coordinating the escape of two protestors wanted by police who face lengthy prison sentences. He’s allowed NewsHour Weekend to record his remote meeting with one of them, 20-year old Dzmitry Lisichyk who’s been hiding from the authorities in Belarus for over a month.

Lithuania is now home to over 2,000 political exiles from Belarus who’ve fled the regime, including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, believed by many to have won a widely contested presidential election last August. An election that her husband had planned to run in but who was instead arrested ahead of the vote and remains in prison to this day.

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