An evening with Andrei Sannikov

About 180 students and staff crammed into the Simon Lecture Theatre last Tuesday
evening to hear Andrei Sannikov, former presidential candidate from Belarus. We heard how this career diplomat and former deputy foreign minister of his country became increasingly disturbed by the government of Alexander Lukashenko during the nineties, and increasingly open in his opposition. After standing against the president in the 2010 election Sannikov was brutally beaten by police and spent sixteen months in the harsh KGB prison in Minsk. Released after an international campaign on his behalf, he now has political asylum in Britain, though his wife remains under house arrest in Minsk. It was humbling and impressive to share an hour with a man who has shown such courage and sacrificed so much in the cause of democracy and civil liberties.  His love for Belarus and his longing to see it free of tyranny were very clear.

By Graham Banks, Head of English

Andrei Sannikov

Above sketch by Becky Grubb, Block 4

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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