Unlike most of our characters, Vasil says that he was not surprised by the August events, let alone the events that followed. "I knew how it would all come back. Many people laugh at Lukashenka's words, saying that it is nonsense. But when I heard about the shootings, I immediately realised that it was not a joke," the retired soldier said about Alyaksandr Lukashenka's words on June 4. At the time, he mentioned "his friend Rahmon", who "entered the capital of Tajikistan with a machine gun." Vasil watched the protest from the car for three days. In the end, on August 12, he decided he'd had enough.