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Candidate Profile: Dzmitry Us

The 39-year-old Us studied law at Hrodna State University and directs the Trivium publishing house. He served on the Minsk city council from 1999 to 2003, and ran again for the post in this year’s local elections.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Viktar Tsiareshchanka

Economist Tsiareshchanka, 60, has worked in various jobs, including engineer and professor. He was elected to parliament in 1995. This is his third run for the presidency.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Mikola Statkevich

Statkevich, a 54-year-old retired rocket scientist, is leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Andrei Sannikov

Andrei Sannikov, 56, worked in the UN Secretariat in New York in the 1980s and then graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the USSR Foreign Ministry in Moscow just before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Vital Rymashevski

The 35-year-old Rymashevski is the candidate and a co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Jaroslav Romanchuk

Romanchuk, 44, is director of the Mises Scientific Research Center, a libertarian think tank in Minsk, and deputy chairman of the United Civil Party of Belarus.

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Dec, 01

Candidate Profile: Vladimir Niakliaev

Vladimir Niakliaev, 64, is a poet and writer whose poems are studied by schoolchildren across Belarus.

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Dec, 01