18 June 2018, Monday, 5:08

Svetlana Alexievich: Small Group Of People Made Revolution


The Belarusian writer told about the turning points in the history of the post-Soviet countries, in Georgia.

During the meeting with Georgian readers at the Shota Rustaveli Theater in Tbilisi, Svetlana Alexievich spoke a lot about the turning points in the Belarusian and Russian history, and also expressed her opinion on the latest political trends in Belarus and Russia.

About the people’s moods in the course of the perestroyka of the USSR

— When I was finishing my "Red Cycle", I traveled a lot around Russia, because nothing delayed this movement to nowhere there... And I was shocked that it was only necessary to leave Moscow and St. Petersburg, as I saw a completely different Russia. And it became clear that a small group of people made the revolution, and the people just woke up in a new country in a single moment.

On thievery instead of democracy in Russia

— And while we ran around the squares and shouted "Freedom!" happily, they divided a huge country and exported it to Swiss banks behind our backs. And one fine morning the people realized that they had been deceived. And I was struck by the aggressiveness of people when they supported Stalin, they said that only the KGB would put things in order, that they voted for Putin. That is, the country in which so many people died from the KGB, was looking for its help.

And if in the 90s there was still some kind of a democratic inertia, then in the 2000s, when Putin came, we began to move away from any democratic hopes, and we see what happened. This can be called new Middle Ages.

On repression in modern Russia

— Recently I was in Moscow, they are persecuting director Kirill Serebrennikov, one of the most brilliant directors of our time. That is, they have already got it out to the creative intelligentsia. And he told me: "What do you think the investigator's office looks like today?" And he was already summoned there. Of course, I would not have had the fantasy to imagine what he said. "It is, — he said, — icons hanging on the walls, a one-meter portrait of Stalin, a portrait of Putin and a filing of the magazine "Judo in Russia”.