Saturday, October 24, 2020
Home Europe Belarus: Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel winner and opposition figure, goes to Germany

Belarus: Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel winner and opposition figure, goes to Germany


image copyrightTwitter / @AnnLinde

image captionSvetlana Alexievich (centre) was earlier this month pictured at home in Minsk surrounded by European diplomats

Belarusian Nobel Prize-winning author and key opposition figure Svetlana Alexievich has left the country for treatment in Germany, her aide says.

She says the trip is not linked to politics and Ms Alexievich will return.

Separately, French President Emmanuel Macron is to meet opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday.

Mr Macron is beginning a two-day trip to Lithuania, where Ms Tikhanovskaya took refuge after the disputed 9 August presidential election, which she says she won.

media captionMass arrests as crowds chant ‘go away’ to Belarus president

Why did Alexievich leave?

Svetlana Alexievich

won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

“for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

She was also the last leading member of the opposition Co-ordination Council still in Belarus who had not been detained.

Speaking to Reuters, her aide, Tatiana Tyurina, said Ms Alexievich had left the country for treatment and also work reasons.

“She will return,” the aide said.

Ms Tyurina said the writer would take part in a book fair in Sweden and an award ceremony in Sicily.

“Of course, the return will also depend on whether the authorities will allow her to return,” Ms Tyurina added.

Earlier this month,

European diplomats were photographed at Ms Alexievich’s home

in the capital, Minsk, after she said masked men had tried to break in.

media captionA 73-year-old great-grandmother has turned into an unlikely hero for demonstrators in Belarus

What are the protests about?

The mass rally held on Sunday was the 50th day of protest over the election.

The electoral commission says Mr Lukashenko – in power since 1994 – won a sixth term with more than 80% of votes. Last week,

he was inaugurated at an unannounced ceremony in Minsk.

But the opposition says he cheated and that it won the election with at least 60% of the vote.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Ryder Cup 2010

McDowell knew the Twenty Ten course like the back of his hand. He’d won the Wales Open on the course that year and during a period when he lived in Cardiff he used the venue as his practice area.As the match descended into the home stretch McDowell sunk a 15-foot birdie to go 2-up on…

GB’s Evans calls opponents ’embarrassing’

Evans was knocked out in the singles in the first round by Kei Nishikori of JapanBritain's Dan Evans said his doubles opponents were "embarrassing" after becoming involved in an on-court row at the French Open.The British singles number one and Polish partner Hubert Hurkacz beat Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop and Brazilian Marcel Demoliner in the first…

US team walks off after ‘homophobic slur’

Collin Martin (pictured playing for former club Minnesota United) came out as gay in 2018Landon Donovan said his San Diego Loyal "would not stand" for bigotry having left the pitch in protest after an alleged homophobic comment was aimed at openly gay midfielder Collin Martin.An opposition player from Phoenix Rising was accused of making the…

As colleges reopened, many more young people got covid-19, CDC reports – msnNOW

Covid-19 cases surged nationally among 18- to 22-year-olds between Aug. 2 and Sept. 5, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which urged young adults as well as colleges and universities to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.Weekly cases among the age group jumped 55…