Вероника Валерьевна Цепкало
Вераніка Валер’еўна Цапкала
|Alma mater||Belarus State Economic University|
|Occupation||Business manager, political activist|
Tsepkalo's mother is Evgenia Shesterikova, sister is Natalya Leonyuk. Her grandfather Peter Shesterikov, was a writer, who has a street name in Mahilioŭ named in his memory.
In 1998 Tsepkalo graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarus State University with a degree in International Relations. In 2004-2006 she studied at the Higher School of Management and Business of the Belarusian State Economic University. In 2008, she studied at the National Institute of Small and Medium Enterprises in Hyderabad, India.
2020 election activism
When Tsepkalo's husband Valery Tsepkalo announced his participation in the 2020 Belarusian presidential election, Tsepkalo accompanied him on his trips. On July 14, 2020, Valery was denied registration as a presidential candidate in Belarus. Soon after that, the headquarters of the opposition candidates united their campaigns - Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Valery Tsepkalo, Viktor Babariko. Since the unification of these campaigns, Veronika became her husband's representative at the campaign rallies of Tikhanovskaya, while Valery and his children left the country fearing for their safety. In addition, throughout the campaign, Veronika was constantly under pressure from the government: from collecting information in the school where children study. Her sister Natalia Leonyuk was summoned to testify against Valery Tsepkalo.
On July 30, 2020, during a rally in Minsk, Veronika spoke about the personal affairs of her family, and cited the falsification of a criminal case against her mother, who at that time was already in a serious medical condition. Fearing the loss of her freedom as a result of political persecution, she fled the country on the eve of the 2020 Belarusian presidential election, joining her husband in Moscow. She cast her vote at the Belarusian embassy in Moscow.
Following the August 9 election where incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko declared victory amid allegations of fraud, Tsepkalo called on other countries to recognize Tikhanovsakaya as the legitimately elected president of Belarus.
On 19 August 2020, it was reported that Tsepkalo was in Poland with her husband and children.
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- Вероника Цепкало рассказала, почему её муж и дети уехали в Россию
- "Сестру Вероники Цепкало опрашивали по заявлению Цепкало против бизнесмена Игдеджи". TUT.BY. July 30, 2020.
- ""Хотели привязать ее к взрыву". Про какое уголовное дело мамы, плача, рассказала на митинге Вероника Цепкало". TUT.BY. July 31, 2020.
- "Жена Валерия Цепкало покинула Белоруссию". www.kommersant.ru. August 9, 2020.
- "Цепкало призвала другие страны признать Тихановскую законным президентом". РБК.
- "Belarusian opposition figure Veronika Tsepkalo arrives in Poland". www.thefirstnews.com.
- "Belarus opposition figure detained at Ukraine border". Minsk: France 24. Agence France-Presse. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.