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Sad return to a theme June 22, 2006

Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
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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.



1. Welshy - June 22, 2006

That is a really sad story, but one which shows that friendship/blogship/whatever, can be real and can stretch miles, and if nothing else, this situation has shown you that, and other people too, I’m guessing: I hadn’t contemplated the possibility of such a thing happening but I can imagine how I’d feel if it were one of my blogpals. I really hope you get some reliable news on the situation soon, and I will definitely pray.

2. Bowleserised - June 22, 2006

Ach… Poor people. More worrying about the coma; leg loss can be “ok” (more than you might think). Will think of them as I can’t claim to be christian or pagan in any useful praying type of way.

3. BiB - June 22, 2006

Yes, hopefully they can both make as good a recovery as possible.

I too can only think/hope for them. Thank you both for your prayers and thoughts too.

4. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

if interested, leave your email–can send you an official update from his employer regarding the accident and his condition

5. BiB - June 22, 2006

Вялiкi дзякуй! дестум собака мэйл точка ру. Простите за дурацкий код (и, что не говорю по-беларуски), но не хочу получить спам.

6. Welshy - June 22, 2006

Bib, will you keep us updated?

7. BiB - June 22, 2006

Welshy, that’s sweet of you to ask, and I will. As you can see from a former anonymous post, I hope to get an update from his work colleagues. According to an update in the comments to his last post on his site – admittedly three days ago – he has had two operations, is in a coma but doctors hope to bring him round from that next week. His wife, in spite losing part of one leg, is doing much better. Poor man. He has turned 30 in the process.

8. BiB - June 22, 2006

Всё правильно! Thanks very much indeed.

9. BiB - June 23, 2006

Welshy, Uladzimir’s kind colleagues will give me another update early next week.

10. BiB - July 2, 2006

…and as of today – July 2nd – there’s no change. Uladzimir is still, sadly, in a coma.

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