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Swiss Writer to Nobel Winner: "Madame Alexievich, You Lie About Donbass"

Hélène Richard-Favre in an open letter to this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature winner

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Originally published at Tribune de Genève Les Blogs. Translated by Sergei Malygin from the Russian article appearing in Baltnews


Hélène Richard-Favre, the author of «Nouvelles de nulle part», «Nouvelles de rien» and «Nouvelles de Personne» published an open letter to Svetlana Aleхievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015.

After receiving her Nobel Prize the Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleхievich said at a press conference in Minsk that the war in Donbass, which killed more than 8,000, is the result of foreign intervention.

"This is an occupation, this is a foreign invasion", Aleхievich claimed.

The Belarusian writer further claimed that “86% of people in Russia are happy about the killings of Donetsk residents.”

Below we present you with the text of the open letter Hélène Richard-Favre wrote to Aleksievich which originally appeared in Tribune de Genève:

"Madame Alexievich,

In the Donbass that you spoke of at your press conference, a 24 year old girl Lily lost her leg when, following her maternal instincts, she covered the body of her 11 month old son after the bus they were both traveling in came under shelling.

Like so many other similar cases of killings and destruction in Donbass, this was the result of actions undertaken by the Western supported Ukrainian government.

I urge you to read this article by a French journalist, who is in Donetsk

What happened to Lily is not an isolated case and I hope that you can understand that.  ((Lily was treated in Moscow – Ed.)

We all have to choose the themes we write about. You made your choice and found an admiring audience but you, whose work is based on themes of combating lies, how can you claim that 86% of Russians are happy about the deaths of people in Donbass?

Madam, by making such claims you not only lie and you are not only wrong - You despise reality.

With respect,

Hélène Richard-Favre


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