Svetlana Alexievich planning to return to Belarus

The Nobel Prize winner for literature from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich is currently in Berlin. She has unveiled plans about her return to Belarus. The writer had left for Germany to improve her health, Narodnaya Volia reports.

Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich believes that the situation in our country now depends on people in society. The writer thinks that the authorities in the country will be replaced by the people, who should take to the streets of towns and villages. On the other hand, says the Nobel laureate, it is not clear why the security forces rose against peaceful citizens.

“But it certainly shakes me, where do so many strongmen come from who are capable of maiming and humiliating so much, able to serve so unquestioningly? As if they don’t have parents, children, wives… How do they talk to them at home after work?

What about the eyewitness account of the young girl from the police department who loved beating men and even turned beautiful when she did it? I think there were even a few girls like that. Where did they come from? It is a mystery,” says Alexievich.

According to the Nobel laureate, there is now a silence in society before the explosion.

“Lukashenka probably wanted to hear the words: “You won!” And no one said it, because everyone knows in their hearts that he has not won. How many fantastically courageous people time has put forward: Masha Kalesnikava, Artsiom Sarokin and Katsyaryna Barysevich, Viktar Babaryka himself, the lovely, amazing Katsya Andreeva whom I know personally… How dignified and beautiful they are.

Svetlana Alexievich walking to the Investigative Committee building for questioning in the case of the Coordinating Council on the Transfer of Power. August 26, 2020. Photo: Sveta Far / Belsat

And the beautiful woman Yulia Slutskaya? With what irony and courage she goes through her ordeal in the detention center. Of course, only kolkhoz ethics can be used to humiliate people like this: that the toilet does not work, that there is no hot water, that there is no underwear and mattresses… So that when people are released, they would leave their clean underwear to cellmates, because parcels are prohibited. When you read it, you think with horror: who, what kind of person could invent this in the XXI century?” says Svetlana Alexievich.

Also, Svetlana Alexievich said that she would never have left Belarus if not for the state of her health.

“My plans, of course, include a return to Minsk. And I would like to return to a new country. Each of us today must withstand it,” summed up Svetlana Alekseevich.