Peaceful demonstrators in Belarus defied the violent regime. Alice Bota tells the stories of the three leading protagonists, who became politicians against their will: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Zepkalo. A portrait of an uprising.
A convincing plea for free, liberal, pluralistic societies and against post-Soviet-style dictatorships – from the mouths of women who are fighting for their freedom right now in the middle of Europe. In her book, journalist Alice Bota combines reporting, research and analysis, striking on a legitimate way to present even our current moment in non-fiction, respectfully and compassionately. Based on her knowledge of the conditions in Belarus, gathered first hand over the course of many years, the author allows both nameless and well-known heroines of the resistance to speak for themselves, enlightening her readers in the best sense of the word. At the same time, through hundreds of interviews, she collects important historical evidence. Bota’s feminist perspective unites contemporary and social history.
Alice Bota, born 1979 in Krapkowice, Poland, is a journalist, author and editor of Die Zeit. She has received numerous accolades including the Axel Springer Award. She has headed up the Die Zeit office in Moscow since 2015.