20 January 2018, Saturday, 14:21

Syarhei Mikhalok: Authorities need as many slaves as possible


Lyapis Trubetskoi band leader says why he cannot return to Belarus.

Syarhei Mikhalok gave an interview to Rolling Stone musical website. He compared Putin and Lukashenka, explains why he gave up drinking alcohol and why he fights on trains.

Here are some extracts from the interview:

Moscow begins to protest little by little. Why does nothing happen in Minsk? Are people so scared? Or they are satisfied with “stability”?

You want all at once. Before December 19, 2010, when Lukashenka became president for the fourth time, most Belarusians were absolutely apolitical. Something more important than street protests is happening now. It is a revolution in people's mind. I recently began to notice many people, who are not yet ready for direct actions, but they took an interest in politics and at least understood they cannot be a personality under the current regime. It will be a result sooner or later. It's time for a guerrilla war now, for harming the system without being identified. One battle is not enough to win a powerful empire. If we, conditionally good people, gather in a field, two tanks and several riot police detachments will be enough to defeat us and train on real people. We need to be patient. The main thing is that more and more young people with anti-system moods appear. It's not our generation of apathetic cynical alkies who didn't care about anything and were happy no one bothered them. They became old and grey and suddenly realised that everyone was moped up. The youth is different now. They invent something, interfere with processes. Such people will form the majority in five or seven years. Natural changes will come.

As far as I understand, you still enjoy great popularity in Belarus. But you cannot go there, can you?

I personally cannot. Officially, I am an “enemy of the Belarusian state”.

Are there any chances of resolving the conflict amicably?

It's difficult to say being here [in Russia. I didn't even appear for questioning.

By they way, why? They might have questioned you and then let you go.

If I had come, I would have had two variants: either to play the fool and say that I was drunk and insane and I don't think so in reality admitting by that I am a coward and doucher or to confirm my words. In this case, I would have had to prove the existence of the “genocide” and show bones of innocent people, who were killed. The third variant seems to be the most probable. I would have told an investigator where to get off and stricken him in the face. In this case, I am sure I wouldn't have left the interrogation room. I feel at a loss when I face the system. I cannot sit and talk to these people, like, for example, Udaltsov speaks with investigators. I don't understand how he does it. I am not so self-possessed. Personal freedom is very important to me. I lose control immediately when I feel pressure on me.