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The woman sacrificing everything for freedom

In six months Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya life has changed beyond recognition.

The stay-at-home mother stood against Belarus’ long-standing leader Alexander Lukashenko in this summer’s elections after her husband was jailed by the regime.

But the vote is widely viewed as having been rigged and, while she says she won by a large margin, when Lukashenko declared himself victorious she was forced into exile.

Three months on from the election, Europe correspondent Jean Mackenzie met up with her to reflect on this life-changing journey.

Produced by Sara Monetta, filmed and edited by Andy Smythe.

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