Sasha Varlamau: I don’t watch TV because I was tortured with sound in prison (Video)
11:19, — Politics
The Belarusian fashion designer, who spent over two years in prison, wants to forget everything that happened to him there.
Sasha Varlamau gave an interview to Radio Svaboda, in which he told about his life after the imprisonment: “After the prison I spent some time at a hospital. My friends literally picked me up by pieces from the bed”, - the couturier said.
To the question whether he felt free Varlamau responded:
“After the prison you are constantly looking for some observers around you, getting scared of every shadow and every corner, thinking that you are being observed. For two years I was observed in the cell by stool pigeons, wardens observed me in the peephole and constantly entered the cell to check what I was doing”.
After the imprisonment Varlamau changed his opinion of some of his friends: “Some people, whose support I counted on, turned out to be on the other side, they forgot me and never remembered. But there God lives in my soul, and you cannot feel lonely with God”.
Varlamau is skeptical about Belarusian fashion: “I am absolutely not interested what is going on in fashion now. At one of the shows an official asked me: “What are the changes? How do you see all that?” I replied: “There is now fashion”. Why do they always try to divide what is not there? My internal task for today is to provide the possible assistance to young designers, I have preserved all my European and Moscow contacts”.
The designer does not consider himself guilty: “I do not consider myself guilty. My task is to forget everything that happened to me. It is impossible to be done in a second, because two years and two months, spent in prison, is a very significant time at my age. A lot could have been done in that time. On the other hand, I probably needed this kind of transformation and reconsideration in order to live on”.
The couturier confesses that he practically does not watch TV today: “There was this torture with sound in prison. Either the radio was on day and night or the TV. I learnt not to notice it”.
Belarusians are afraid even to stand out of the crowd with their clothes today, Varlamau notes: “The clothes carries out protective functions: a space suit, a uniform suit, a camouflage suit… The only purpose is to stand out the least. This is our peculiarity, because if you do stand out – you catch it in the neck. That is why it is better to wear grey, be grey…”