The eternal critic

  • Posted on Oktober 26, 2021

„The eternal critic“
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DW | 05.10.2021

German singer Wolf Biermann shows solidarity with Belarusian activists

The 84-year-old German singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann is giving his 2020 OVID Prize to Belarusian activist Maria Kolesnikova.
He tells DW why.

On October 5, singer-songwriter, poet and former East German dissident, Wolf Biermann, will be presented with the OVID Prize for his life’s work as a poet at the German National Library in Frankfurt..

The 84-year-old poet and former dissident has announced that he will pass on the prize awarded by the PEN Center of German-Speaking Writers Abroad „without thinking twice“ to Belarusian opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova, who has been imprisoned since 2020.

Kolesnikova is one of the best-known faces of the Belarusian protest movement and was sentenced to 11 years in a prison camp in Minsk in early September. Her lawyer Lyudmila Kazak will therefore receive the award on behalf of the opposition politician.

The sentence was handed down almost a year after Kolesnikova’s arrest during protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. She was found guilty of attempting to illegally seize power.

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