Which living person do you most despise? I don't like dishonest people, those who first say one thing and then something completely different. Their best-known representative is Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
How do you relax? What are your hobbies? I've never known how to rest, but I relax among my children and grandchildren. Listening to children babble is the best rest for me. As for a hobby, I'm at war, and at war there's no time for hobbies.
What is your biggest fear? I no longer fear anything -- neither prison, nor death.
What is your worst vice or extravagance? I don't care about my clothing or food, nor my overall appearance, which is, of course, wrong. Almost all my teeth have fallen out. I could have gotten a set made, but you could say I gave up on it. I don't care for my health. Unless I'm falling over, I won't go to the doctor.
What was the best day of your life? When I became a father.
What would be people be surprised to know about you?
I'm completely open. Everything about me is known. I hide nothing about myself from other people. Everyone knows I never change.
What is your greatest regret? That I didn't apply myself in school, that it's hard for me to write in Belarusian. That for the last 15 years I've read so few books, since I had no time.
What has been your greatest achievement or accomplishment?
I'm known throughout Belarus through my work as a journalist, a politician, and a deputy. And that, without appearing on radio or television. I'm proud of that.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Absolute happiness is only possible in paradise, but I don't like the idea of paradise. Man should suffer, struggle. For me, happiness is found in the fight. I don't want to die in bed.