BERLIN (AP) — Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian author who just won the Nobel Prize for literature, says there is no doubt Alexander Lukashenko will be re-elected president this weekend.
Alexievich told reporters in Berlin on Saturday that for Lukashenko, who critics call Europe's last dictator, "it plays absolutely no role how we will vote" in the election Sunday.
"As Stalin once said, it's unimportant who votes or for whom, what matters is who counts the vote," she said. "I don't think we expect any surprises."
Despite her criticism, Alexievich says Lukashenko did congratulate her on the Nobel Prize after she won on Thursday.
"That was a bit odd," she said.
Alexievich writes about the catastrophes, upheaval and personal woes that have afflicted the Soviet Union and the troubled countries that succeeded it.