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Remembering Our 'Unknown Belarus' Colleagues

RFE/RL is devastated by the loss of Vladimir Mikhailovski and Maksim Gavrilenko, two colleagues with the documentary project “Unknown Belarus,” who died in a car accident on May 13 in Belarus. We mourn Lyubov Zemtsova, the project's director, who died on May 22 from injuries sustained in the crash.

(l-r) 'Unknown Belarus' sound engineer Maksim Gavrilenko, director Vladimir Mikhailovski, and documentary filmmaker Lyubov Zemtsova.

“Today, I am saying goodbye to the person I loved more than anyone in this life. I hope that God exists, and that Vova will wait for me there, and I will live here in a way to be worthy of being there with him afterwards.”

Valeriy Alekseev, film director

"Volodya’s life took different turns, but, in recent years, he made me very happy as became creatively active, got into the documentary filmmaking, I saw that a person had found his path.”

Andrei Shobin, film director

“You were very talented, Maks. You were always my savior when it seemed that the movie is a failure. You gave it a heart and soul. You enlivened it and made it resound.”

Vlada Senkova, film director

“His [Maksim’s] patience and attitude to work inspired [us] and were awe-inspiring. He always stayed till the end when the rest had given up. I was hoping that we shoot our second film.”

Andrey Grinko, film director

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