Wife of might-have-been presidential hopeful leaves Belarus, votes in Moscow

Veranika Tsapkala, a representative of the united election teams’ headquarters and Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s associate, has left Belarus.

Veranika Tsapkala in Moscow. 9 August 2020. Photo: Vot-tak.tv

“We respect Veranika’s decision. The situation is complicated. We believe that everyone has the right to assess the risks for themselves,” the united HQ press service told TUT.BY.

When interviewed by Vot Tak journalists in Moscow, Veranika Tsapkala stressed that her departure was due to family circumstances.

“I am here because I decided to spend this important day together with my children, whom I have not seen for several weeks. We [united HQ] have no rallies, no joint events to hold, and that is why I decided to spend this important day among Belarusians abroad, including in Russia, and of course, with my kids,” she said.

Veranika Tsapkala has also announced her intention to return to Belarus when it becomes a ‘free and safe country’.

Veranika Tsapkala near Bekarusian Embassy in Minsk. Source: Пратэсты ў свеце / telegram

On June 29, the Belarusian Interior Ministry launched a probe into ‘illegal activities’ in which her husband Valery Tsapkala, a founder of the Belarusian Hi Tech park, former diplomat and presidential wannabe, was allegedly involved.

A day later, the Central Election Commission announced that Valery Tsapkala had not collected the necessary number of signatures to become a presidential candidate. The commission approved only 75,000 out of 160,000 signatures and said that Tsapkala would no longer take part in the presidential race. In turn, Tsapkala wrote on his Twitter that he had no intention to give up and would fight for each signature.

In late July, the participant in the 2020 election campaign took his two sons and left Belarus for Moscow. According to his wife, ‘credible sources’ provided them with information that the authorities were going to use a far-fetched pretext and detain him. Moreover, they are allegedly set to deprive the couple of parental rights.

By the moment, Valery Tsapkala has moved to Warsaw.

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