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Charlemagne Prize goes to leading women of Belarusian opposition

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Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and two of her compatriots are to receive the 2022 Charlemagne Prize, awarded for work done in the service of European unity. Tikhanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Zepkalo are being honoured for their efforts on behalf of freedom and democracy, Charlemagne Prize Directorate chairman Juergen Linden announced in Aachen on Friday. The three recipients had accepted the award “with great pleasure,” Linden said. Tikhanovskaya wrote on Twitter that she felt “deeply honoured” by the award. Zepkalo said the award goes to all Belarusians…

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