Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature for works that chronicled World War II, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and social problems like attempted suicides after the Soviet Union disintegrated. Like many intellectuals in Belarus, Alexievich supports the political opponents of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko. Because of her criticism of the government she has periodically lived abroad - including in It...

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