Cover Osteuropa 10-11/2020

In Osteuropa 10-11/2020

Mobilisation in Belarus
Class, citizenship, gender

Elena Gapova

Deutsche Fassung


In Belarus, there was a civic revolution in the summer of 2020. The supporters of this awakening are members of a new social class: highly educated, mobile people who no longer work in the state sector and who have no paternalistic expectations, but who yearn for a life of self-responsibility, honesty and self-respect. They want to be state citizens in the emphatic sense. In this Belarusian revolution, women are playing the most important role. With an awareness that the personal is also political, they have become a decisive political subject that is shaking the rule of the old regime.

(Osteuropa 10-11/2020, pp. 215–221)