(AGI) Moscow, Oct. 8 - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievichhas won the Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academypraised Alexievich's "polyphonic writings", describing them as"a monument to suffering and courage in our time". "I love theRussian world, but I do not love Stalin and Putin," she said inone of her first public statements. According to the author of"Voices from Chernobyl", "Zinky Boys" and "Second-hand Time",those two leaders represent the past of an oppressive andimperialist Soviet Union. "I also don't like the fact that 84percent of Russians want Ukrainians killed," she said in apress conference at the Pen Club in Minsk, adding that shethinks Putin is creating a "second Afghanistan" in Syria. Theformer investigative journalist was favourite from the start towin the prize. The author of works that are half documentaryand half fiction has written books about the most sensitiveissues, like the Chernobyl disaster and the war in Afghanistan(Zinky Boys). Her stories, always based on patiently gatheredtestimonies, have been translated into several languages andpublished worldwide. In 'Enchanted with Death' and 'Second-handTime', she draws a ruthless but passionate picture of life inRussia after the collapse of communism. 'Second-hand Time' wasalso finalist in the 2015 Terzani Award. (AGI).