You must log in or register to comment.

dogsent t1_j1tbop4 wrote

Aliaksandra Herasimenia and Alexander Oapeykin can't go back to Belarus. The largest anti-government protests in the history of Belarus and they want to single out these two. Everyone knows the election was fraudulent. The opposition candidates were arrested. A poll worker in Minsk said she was asked to sign a document summing up its result, with the vote totals left blank. Other poll workers said vote counting procedures weren't followed. It was obvious what was happening.


SIEGE9 t1_j1tb2j2 wrote

thatโ€™s a doozy of a headline.


DoremusJessup OP t1_j1tbxi7 wrote

Thanks for the criticism.

Happy Cake Day.


SIEGE9 t1_j1tflks wrote

thank you for the civility and goodwill.


SPACEMANSKRILLA t1_j1uro2a wrote

My interpretation of that comment is less of a criticism towards the wording of the headline but rather a comment as to the gravity of it.


Attila_the_Hunk t1_j1wby3b wrote

True, but also per the subreddit rules the post should be removed regardless.

Don't editorialize article titles.


autotldr t1_j1tf30v wrote

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 65%. (I'm a bot)

> A former Olympic swimmer and a political activist were sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison by a Belarusian court on Monday for their role in protesting Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime.

> Champion swimmer Aliaksandra Herasimenia and political activist Alexander Opeykin were found guilty of actions aimed at "Causing harm to the national security of Belarus," according to the state-run BelTA news agency.

> Three-time Olympic medalist Herasimenia and Opeikin founded the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, which brings together hundreds of Belarusian athletes in opposition to Lukashenko.

Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Belarusian^#1 court^#2 Belarus^#3 Herasimenia^#4 Lukashenko^#5


Brokenose71 t1_j1urjg8 wrote

Fuck Lukashenko and his bullshit government, doing symbolic arrests to send signals to the wider population show no one is above the law is ludicrous and she be as much an international outrage as Britney Griner kangaroo court jailing . Can you imagine if the US arrested Alexander Ovechkin right now to mirror their hypocrisy . Free Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ, Slava Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Fuck Putin and his puppet Lukashenko!


mrbrendanblack t1_j1tbc78 wrote

I watched the three extended versions of Lord of the Rings in the same time it took to read that headline.


idoeno t1_j1uhe8e wrote

Would be better as "Belarussian court dunks Olympic swimmer"?


DrakeAU t1_j1tq6ub wrote

Henadz, are we the baddies?


Plastic_NH4 t1_j1xc53n wrote

In an era of revolutionary transition in male-female relations during which female power has been steadily increasing (especially in "advanced" countries), it's not a surprise any more to see a woman (Herasimeniaa, the celebrity) portrayed as in command of an important political movement and a man (Opeykin, the political hack) deemed her second fiddle.

Female power is at the heart of the revolution in Iran, female power has been widely in evidence in fights over abortion rights in the West, and female power helps explain why a "[t]hree-time Olympic swimming medalist" can be the most important member of the Belarusian opposition, someone it is possible to imagine as the leader of an Eastern European nation.

And since her increased status is in harmony with the broader changes in the wider world, I fully expect her movement to triumph sooner or later, and on that day to see her on TV, standing on a podium in front of countless cameras, with other associates like Opeykin, lending dignity and legitimacy to the new government.