Event: ‘Belarusian Amerikanka or Elections Under Dictatorship’



TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Thursday 7th April 2016

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Andrei Sannikov, Former Belarusian Presidential Candidate and Political Prisoner
To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


Belarus is often described as “Europe’s Last Dictatorship”; it has, after all, been led by Aleksandr Lukashenka’s iron fist since 1994. In his book My Story: Belarussian Amerikanka or Elections Under Dictatorship, Andrei Sannikov, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Belarus, describes his activities fighting for a democratic and free Belarus, and the lengths Belarus’ authorities have gone to in order to stop him. In 2010, Sannikov ran a prominent campaign against Lukashenka in the presidential election, only to be arrested for participating in a peaceful protest against perceived electoral fraud. He would remain in jail for 16 months, during which time Sannikov recounts being subjected to torture, before his release in 2012. After being forced to flee Belarus, Sannikov has become a key in opposition politics throughout the Former Soviet Union.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Andrei Sannikov who will be discussing his recent book release My Story: Belarusian Amerikanka or Elections Under Dictatorship, which documents Andrei’s journey from the top echelons of political power to the pro-democracy opposition movement, revisiting his prominent campaign as a presidential candidate and his experiences after finding himself behind bars on the day the election results were announced.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Andrei Sannikov is a Belarusian politician and activist, and the leader of the “European Belarus” civil campaign. Born in 1954 in Minsk, Belarus, he is a career diplomat who has worked in the Foreign Ministry of Belarus before resigning in protest against Lukashenka’s policies. Since then, he has been active in opposition and civil society activities. In 2008 he initiated the civil campaign, European Belarus, which advocates for integration of Belarus into the Euro-Atlantic community and membership in the European Union. In 2010, he ran against Aleksandr Lukashenka in the presidential elections. He was incarcerated in a Minsk KGB facility for peacefully protesting election fraud and was recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. After 16 months in prison he was released under pressure from the international community but soon after had to flee the country. He received political asylum in the UK and continues his work for a free and democratic Belarus. He was awarded the International Bruno Kreisky Prize in 2005 in the field of human rights protection.


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