The Nobel Svetlana Aleksievich, honorary doctorate from the UCM: “we are all hostages of Russian nuclear blackmail”


The writer, journalist and Nobel Prize for Literature 2015 Svetlana Aleksievich (Belarus, 1948) warned this Thursday in Madrid in relation to the war in Ukraine: “We are all hostages of Russian nuclear blackmail.” Also, has lamented that despite the fact that she had dedicated dozens of years to studying evil “again” she is studying it, “astonished” because he can’t understand “how you can find so much animal inside a human being”.

During her speech on the occasion of the investiture ceremony as an honorary doctorate at the Complutense University of Madrid, she recalled that in the 90s she was romantic and wrote ‘The End of the Red Man’ but she regretted that now she sees that again “the red man is taking the war to Ukraine”. “This is the man who commits crimes in Bucha”has added.

The Nobel Prize winner, who left Belarus in September 2020 to settle in Berlin (Germany), after being persecuted by the authorities of her native country, has pointed out how in 2020 Belarus began a revolution, with hundreds of thousands of people in the streets, with processions of women and children with balloons.

We were still romantic like in the 90’s and we thought freedom was just a party. We didn’t want blood, we didn’t want to shoot, we didn’t want to burn again, we thought we could talk to power. We thought that in the year 2021 it was unthinkable that a revolution would be made with blood. Our revolution pleased the world, it had great moral authority, but we lost“, said the writer, who assures that she was not completely lost because people continue to want victory, to improve life, although the truth is that the prisons of her country are “more than full and the conditions are tremendous”.

He has exposed how young people are sentenced to “fantastic” periods of between 10 and 20 years in prison for having participated in the protests despite the fact that they are “the people of the future”.

In that sense, he has compared the situation to Ukraine, where “a lot” of people are dying but, despite the fact that people thought that Russian tanks would crush Ukraine, they are “winning”. That is why she has understood that she has to “continue with the story of Homo Rojo“.

For this reason, he explained that he has returned to writing about the revolution in Belarus, about what is happening in the Ukraine, but he confesses that sometimes he despairs when, after spending “too much time studying evil”, he turns on the TV in the morning.

“How do I find the words to express all this? I confess, I also get desperate sometimes. It seems that a word can no longer defeat evil, but when you see how people behave in trials, what interviews soldiers give in Ukraine, you understand: no, the situation is different”, she trusts hopefully because she assures that “really in people there is more good than evil” so he will go ahead and write about people to help them “step up” their spirit.

In that sense, he stated: “Today we all need spirit because really we are all hostages of Russian nuclear blackmail. We need this spirit, we have to win. We cannot fall back to the medieval age”.

Belarusian writer has spent more than 40 years studying the idea of ​​communism and giving a voice to “humble, little people” who told how he lived and killed for ideas. Aleksievich has said that he wanted to write all these books so that the experience of the mass graves would not be repeated. “In the 1990s, when Gorbachev came on stage, we went out into the streets and shouted freedom, freedom, although nobody knew what freedom was,” he recalls.

And so, he added that they “never” thought that after having defeated communism there would come a time like today where he is doing “practically Russian fascism” and realizes that communism is “not dead yet” and in Ukraine the main battles are taking place.

“Let’s hope they put an end to communism”, the new honorary doctorate from the UCM has wished, warning that in this part of the former Soviet Union where Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are located, “great wealth consists not of gas or oil but ideas”.

During the presentation of the new doctor, the secretary of the UCM, Araceli Manjón, has stated that the UCM has seen relevant the merits that concur in Svetlana Aleksiévich for her “extraordinary” contribution to the knowledge of mentalities and behavior of ordinary people under the rule of the USSR empire through an exemplary and unusual fusion of in-depth journalism, non-fiction literature and socio-cultural history in the service of rigorous helplessness the historical memory of the victims and executioners of a decisive time in the recent past of Eurasia.

Along with the Nobel Prize winner, new honorary doctors have been awarded to the British novelist and analyst Christopher William Edgar Bigsby and to the vice-rector of the University of Buenos Aires, Alberto Edgardo Barbieri.

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The Nobel Svetlana Aleksievich, honorary doctorate from the UCM: “we are all hostages of Russian nuclear blackmail”