Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk confirmed that Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich was arrested at Berlin airport.
The Polish writer stated that Alexievich was supposed to travel to the city of Wroclaw in western Poland on July 14, but was detained at Berlin airport.
Alekseevich obtained permission to travel only after her personal effects were searched. But by that time the plane had taken off.
Alekseevich herself justified what happened, with difficulties during the check-in of baggage. She noted that airport security men checked her bag several times, after which they told her that the police would conduct an additional search.
“We waited for the police officer for about half an hour,” she said. She was polite, and even though she didn’t do any searches she pointed at my bag and said there was a bomb, which prompted me to reply: “You crazy people.”
According to Alekseevich, nothing was found in the bag and then they let her go on her own, without even apologizing in front of her. Later, the Belarusian writer arrived in Wroclaw.
Svetlana Alexievich, born in 1948, is a Belarusian journalist and writer. She was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature.