Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who was put on trial in absentia this week on treason charges, said she has no hope that she will receive a fair trial.
Tsikhanouskaya, who fled Belarus after running against President Alexander Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential race, told CNBC that her trial — and the suits against other critics — were a form of “personal revenge” by the incumbent over challenges to his long-time leadership.
“All the trials that are going on now in Belarus for political opponents, for those people who are opposing the war, have nothing to do with justice,” Tsikhanouskaya told CNBC Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “It’s just personal revenge of this regime on those who dare to say against the regime or for Ukrainians.”
CNBC has reached out for comment from the Belarus presidential office and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.