Like hundreds of people who had been detained in the first post-election days, Vadzim left Belarus. Right before our conversation, the young man seems to be nervous, he chain-smokes and deliberates whether he should talk to us openly or anonymously. His family as well as the life which he would like to return to are still in Belarus. At first, he answers briefly and fitfully: "We were beaten – and what of it?", "I have nothing to say, others were hit harder". He describes his harrowing experience as just "it was painful"; but what hurts the most was the living nightmare which Vadzim found himself in.