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  • Profile: Svetlana Alexievich
  • Profile: Svetlana Alexievich

    Nobel Prize-winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich's books give voice to people, particularly women, who have lived through war and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Profile: Elena Tonkacheva

In January 2015, one of Belarus's foremost human rights defenders, Elena Tonkacheva, was deported and ordered not to return for three years. Her crime? Minor traffic violations for which she was accused of being a "threat to public order", a decision described as absurd and clearly in retribution for her many years' dogged pursuit of justice for others.

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