Risking all in the fight for democracy

Olga Shparaga

The imprisoned Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kalesnikava has been in a critical condition since the end of November. In October she was awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Salzburg. The philosopher Olga Shparaga, a fellow member of the exiled Coordination Council, pays tribute to a feminist legend.

‘It is a great honour and pleasure to speak to you here today about Maria Kalesnikava, a woman who has taken personal risks in fighting for a democratic futureOf course, it would give me even greater pleasure if Maria could be here with us, but, as you know, she is currently imprisoned in Belarus….