A young mother takes on the father of Belarus

Europe’s longest-serving ruler may be losing his 26-year grip on power.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a young mother from Belarus, is hoping to take control of the country after 26 years of Alexander Lukashenko’s rule. Hundreds of thousands are supporting the 37-year-old – but Lukashenko, the “father of Belarus”, is backed by Russian tanks.

The ripple effects of this historic battle for Belarus have the potential to reverberate around the world.

In this episode:

Step Vaessen, Al Jazeera journalist in Moscow.

For more:

How Russia-Belarus ties evolved over the years

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The team:

Amy Walters produced this episode with Dina Kesbeh, Priyanka Tilve, Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, Alexandra Locke, Ney Alvarez, and Kevin Hirten.

Alex Roldan is The Take‘s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take‘s Executive Producer, and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s Head of Audio.

Source : Al Jazeera

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