Sad return to a theme June 22, 2006Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
Tags: belarus, br23
I have got carried away with being silly, perhaps because of the sun, on this blog of late and have ignored serious themes altogether. I’ve only really ever had one serious theme, and that is the disgrace of the Lukashenka regime in Belarus. I’ve stopped writing about it for a number of reasons, but chiefly because I’m not well-informed and can only rely on better-informed sources – frequently bloggers – for information. In any case, even if I’ve stopped writing on Belarus, I continue to visit Belarusian blogs with the same frequency I ever did.
Perhaps the best-known Belarusian blog, written in both English and Belarusian, is the award-winning br23. Its writer chooses to stay anonymous, but we do know that he is a 30-year-old Belarusian called Uladzimir, with an Albanian wife, living in Prague. He has been a reliable and constant source of information on the wrongdoings of the Belarusian regime and his views appear around the net. His blog has also featured a radio interview where he eloquently informed the uninitiated, in English, just why they ought to be alarmed at the style of leadership in a country bordering the European Union.
Uladzimir went quiet this week. This was unusual. He has always posted regularly. Then, in the comments to his latest post, someone who somehow knows him has revealed that Uladzimir and his wife have been involved in a terrible car accident and that both are in hospital with very serious injuries. Uladzimir is in a coma. His wife has had either one or both legs amputated.
Since then, I have been clicking around various Belarusian blogs to try to get an update on Uladzimir’s state. I await further news. Bloggers often seem like friends you haven’t met yet. People you almost know. Thankfully, given the nature of the medium, this is normally all light-hearted. Just occasionally, sadness strikes too. I don’t know what to say, as a blogger worried about another blogger. Perhaps the religious amongst you might pray for Uladzimir and his wife. Perhaps others might hope for them. I wish them all the best.