Pressured to leave the country, she defiantly stayed and was convicted. Maria Kolesnikova, even behind bars, remains a leading figure of the Belarusian opposition. Now, she has been honored with a top award for her work.
23 Aug 2020
After days of violent protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, DW spoke to opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova about Belarus' political future — and her hope that the country will never be the same.
22 Aug 2020
Fighting for fair elections in Belarus has made Maria Kolesnikova a leading opposition figure in the country. But until recently, the arts manager and musician had nothing to do with politics.