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Three Belarus opposition members nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Source : 112 Ukraine

A Norwegian MP, Geir Toskedal, has nominated Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo
12:40, 19 October 2020

Leader of Belarusian opposition, main rival of current president at the elections Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
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A Norwegian MP, Geir Toskedal, has nominated Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kolesnikova, and Veronika Tsepkalo "for their struggle for fair elections and for inspiring peaceful opposition against the illegitimate regime in Belarus". It was reported by Vart Land.

"Opposition politicians in Belarus have fantastic courage. They organise peaceful demonstrations, even though the authorities are using increasing violence against them," Toskedal said.

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He said he hoped the nomination would draw "even more attention to the peaceful struggle being waged against Europe's last dictator", and to all those engaged in the fight for "a free and democratic Belarus."

The Norwegian Nobel Institute welcomes all proposed names, as long as they are sent in by January 31 for the year in question and are submitted by those eligible to nominate.

Toskedal falls into that category as a member of Norway's parliament.

As we reported earlier, president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The application for Putin's nomination was sent by Russian writer Sergei Komkov.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had not officially nominated the Russian president for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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