The New Old World
The house in Minsk, Belarus, in which Maryna Rakhlei—born in 1980 and now living in Berlin and working for the German Marshall Fund—grew up, does not have a name. She has dedicated an essay to this place, which stands as a microcosm for the whole country, which has been under the authoritarian rule of Alexander Lukashenko for 25 years.
"Many countries in the Old World no longer dream today," says Rakhlei. And if they do, it is nostalgic, reactionary. That is subjective sociology, sensitive and, not least, to a large extent desperate. Rakhlei worked in Minsk as a journalist critical of the system for an independent news agency until this was no longer feasible due to countless restrictions that she could not accept. With her essay, she views her former life from a distance also a geographical one. And a highly political one.