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

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 14 in Belarus. We mourn Lyubov Zemtsova, the project's director, who died on May 22 from injuries sustained in the crash.

“It’s difficult to find the words. We’ve lost talented and beautiful people."

Nikolai Lavreniuk, producer

“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

“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

"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

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