What You Need To Know:
✅ Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel prize in literature;
✅ She believes that today's leaders in Russia and Belarus have caused Western phobia;
✅ She wants Belarusians to find their dignity;
✅ Alexievich believes that Belarus is too small, and too surrounded to be truly independent right now.
Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer, won the 2015 Nobel prize in literature and has become a star in Belarus as well as across the world.
She admits that the elections in Belarus were a farce and were already decided well in advance. She also doesn't feel like revolution now would be beneficial because of what happened in Ukraine.
She doesn't know if it's fear or wisdom which prevents Belarusians from calling for revolution, but she prefers to think it's the latter, and hopes to stay the course for a patient track to real democracy.
Hromadske International interviewed Svetlana Alexievich in Belarus in October 2015.