The writer and Nobel laureate in literature Svetlana Alexievich urged Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to “listen to the people” when he testified on Wednesday before the investigative committee investigating possible crimes of the opposition coalition.
Alexievich is part of this coalition, which calls for the repetition of the last presidential election and the opening of a dialogue with Lukashenko. So far he has been reluctant to make concessions that could jeopardize the start of his sixth consecutive term.
“Perhaps the world will help us so that Lukashenko can start talking to someone,” said the writer in front of the crowd that gathered in front of the headquarters of the main investigation center in Minsk this Wednesday. Alexievich believes Lukashenko only wants to speak to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but “he has to start talking to people,” reports Bloomberg.
Putin has ruled out interfering in the crisis for the time being, claiming he was the first to criticize interference in domestic political issues. However, in statements to the Russian agency Sputnik, one of the members of the opposition Coordination Council, Pavel Latushko, stated that the group is ready to maintain contact with Moscow “at all levels”.