The 22-year-old helping to lead Belarus’ protests from behind a screen in Poland – Reports

The 22-year-old helping to lead Belarus’ protests from behind a screen in Poland

WARSAW — Two armed police officers stand watch at the entrance to a small office in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. In the courtyard, a van holds several more officers.

The security is warranted. Inside the office is arguably one of the most important leaders of the weeks of protests in Belarus that have sought to push its authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, from power. Stepan Svetlov is 22 years old and — despite not having been in Belarus for two years — has played an outsize…

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