Belarus Sentences Husband of Opposition Leader to 18 Years in Prison

MOSCOW—The partner of Belarus’s most distinguished opposition chief was sentenced Tuesday to 18 yrs in prison, the hottest move in opposition to increasingly beleaguered opponents of authoritarian chief Alexander Lukashenko.

Sergei Tikhanovsky, 43, a well known YouTube blogger and activist, was arrested various months prior to past year’s disputed presidential election, in which he experienced hoped to contend. His wife, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, ran in location of her jailed partner and managed to rally a groundswell of supporters who feel she won the vote. Ms. Tikhanovskaya fled the former Soviet republic for Lithuania practically instantly immediately after the election, citing basic safety issues for her children.