Singer Driven From Belarus for Speaking Out Tries to Rebuild

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by bindu bhagat

A Belarusian opera singer who almost lost it all for publicly opposing

publicly opposing his nation's authoritarian leader is rebuilding his life in the U.S. 

the U.S. Ilya Silchukou lives in suburban Boston with his wife 

three children and teaches music to middle school students

students while he tries to revive his singing career.

Ilya Silchukou was a cultural icon in his native Belarus

the lead soloist at the State Opera Bolshoi who represented his nation at official government 

abroad and performed at opera houses across Europe.

Silchukou dared to speak out against Alexander Lukashenko