In Belarus, the apartment of Siarhei Tsikhanouski, sentenced to 18 years in prison, and his wife Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, was put up for auction to sell the property of BelYur Zabespyacheniya, the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty reports. The documents for its sale say that the apartment is the property of the "debtor", which must be sold to pay off the debt. It is also indicated that “persons, including minors, are registered in the apartment.”
The auction is due to start March 6th. The initial price of the lot is 214,860.00 Belarusian rubles ($85,000). According to the notice, the price includes: "built-in sectional kitchen furniture with a hob, sink and mixer, with a water purification system, a built-in wardrobe made of MDF, a glass showcase and 2 mirrors."
In September 2022, the Tsikhanouskis' apartment in Minsk was seized.
In January, Sergei Tikhanovsky, who is serving an 18-year sentence, was charged with a new charge of disobedience to the prison administration. The maximum penalty under this article is two years in prison.
Sergei Tikhanovsky put forward his candidacy for the presidential elections in Belarus in 2020, but the CEC refused to register him. Shortly thereafter, the oppositionist was arrested, in December 2021 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison, found guilty of organizing mass riots, inciting social hatred, obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission and violating public order.
Instead of Tikhanovsky, his wife Svetlana took part in the presidential elections. The CEC declared Alexander Lukashenko the winner, but the Belarusian opposition considered the elections rigged, and recognized Tikhanovskaya as the real winner. This led to prolonged protests of many thousands, which were brutally suppressed by the authorities. Many foreign governments also did not recognize the results of the elections in Belarus.
Tikhanovskaya left for Lithuania, where she is considered the head of the Belarusian government in exile. In Belarus, cases were initiated against her about preparing terrorist attacks and “assigning the title or power of an official.”