|Known for||activist, dissident|
|Political party||Belarusian Christian Democracy|
Olga Kovalkova also known as Volha Kavalkova (Belarusian: Вольга Аляксандраўна Кавалькова, romanized: Voĺha Aliaksandraŭna Kavaĺkova, Russian: Ольга Александровна Ковалькова; born 26 January 1984 in Minsk) is a Belarusian activist and a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council of Belarus that was formed by presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to coordinate a transition of political power in Belarus in the aftermath the 2020 Belarusian protests and the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election.
Belarusian Christian Democracy co-chair
In November 2019, Kovalkova announced her intention to run for President of Belarus at the next election.She said "The authorities should see that there are more people who want change than those who are on the other side of the system. The opposition should have a task to unite people in a united tangible front, so that the authorities know that there are people who can dictate their conditions."
In August 2020, Kovalkova joined the presidium of the Coordination Council, which aims to coordinate a transition of political power from president Alexander Lukashenko, who claims to have won the 2020 Belarusian presidential election by a landslide. Kovalkova served as the representative of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya during the formation of the council.
On 20 August, Alexander Konyuk, the Prosecutor-General of Belarus, initiated criminal proceedings against the members of the Coordination Council under Article 361 of the Belarusian Criminal Code, on the grounds of attempting to seize state power and harming national security.
On 24 August 2020, Kovalkova along with fellow presidium member Sergei Dylevsky was detained by the security services whilst attempting to support striking workers at the Minsk Tractor Works factory. Kovalkova was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment the following day.
On 5 September, Kovalkova escaped to Warsaw, Poland after her release from prison. She reported that authorities warned her of further arrests if she did not leave the country. On the evening of the same day, the authorities forcibly exiled her from Belarus.
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- Media related to Volha Kavalkova at Wikimedia Commons