Olga Timokhina

(pseudonym) lives and works in Minsk.


"Our children led us onto the streets"

Notes of an ordinary person

“It is clear as day to me that the Belarusians have now lost their patience. They have blown a fuse. I admit that, as recently as a week ago, I would never have thought that in a country where for many years all major changes came exclusively from above, this kind of initiative from below, and such a large one at that, was possible. Don’t compare us to the Ukrainians. Compare us to what we were like a year, a month, a week ago.” In an impassioned first-hand account, an “ordinary resident” of Minsk talks about what the demonstrations in March meant to her.