Talking about deputies, parliament, influencing the agenda — no way, it is a completely different world, where it is simply impossible to get into. Now it is amazing to observe how quickly it all is falling apart, how incompetent are the people working in that authoritarian system.
In 2018, I moved to Warsaw, because it seemed to be a way forward. Simultaneously, I was doing something in Belarus, as much as it was possible — online. Once, I was offered a job: an opportunity to implement an important initiative in Minsk. So I returned. I planned to move back, but to continue travelling a lot and periodically migrating to different countries. Eventually, the initiative didn't work out, the team fell apart. Anyway, it doesn't matter anymore. Everything has changed and now, for the first time in my entire life, I do not want to leave Belarus.
Several things that seemed to be rocks, which you could not move — now those things simply do not exist. Hope and inspiration arose. I saw that there are many of us. We have been living in this new Belarus, in fact, for a long time.
You are walking the streets and don't meet friends. Previously, it seemed as if you personally knew everyone who could go to rallies. There are completely different people there; they support each other, like a big family. I don't know what will happen after, all this daily violence: threats and fear. It's very unpleasant to live now. On the other hand, there is hope for a normal future that never existed.