On 22nd August president Lukashenko has signed papers to release all the political prisoners, including our comrades Ihar, Mikalai and Artsiom as well as the nationalist Jauhen Vas’kovich.
This release comes after 5 years that they had to spend in prison. All the time prisoners were subject to psychological and physical torture. Numerous days were spent in solitary confinement as a punishment for struggle aginst the prison oppression.
We are glad to meet our comrades and see them in good spirits! They are now together with their families and friends. They will be under constant police control for next 5 years.
With this happening we would like to thank everyone who was helping ABC-Belarus all these years. We enjoyed incredible support of communities all around the world and through this we manage to create a really encouraging atmosphere of solidarity. Thank you very much!
Though these people are free, there are still several comrades who are in prisons in Belarus. They also need your support.
Till all are free.
Today Alexander Lukashenko has signed papers to release all official political prisoners in the country. This includes anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Artsiom Prakapenko.
We would like to congratulate our comrades and thank everyone for the solidarity with them!
We are publishing a letter by Ihar Alinevich where he commented on the trip of the human rights organization Platforma (The Platform) representatives around the correctional colonies and described in detail the system in which he had been forced to live for the last 5 years. Currently, the political prisoner is serving time in the Vitba 3 colony.
– Leaving, once again, the punishment cell, I found that the situation with prisons was being discussed in the press again. With a smile, I read an article by Elena Krasovskaya-Kasperovich [head of the human rights organization Platform-Innovation- Ed.] telling how “the situation has changed for the better in the last five years.” I personally saw the arrival of Krasovskaya-Kasperovich and Likhovid at the prison and their so-called inspection. Continue reading Ihar Alinevich on conditions in Belarusian penitentiaries: suicides, abuse and lawlessness.
On the 3rd of June Bogdan Roman will take part in pre-trial hearing concerning fight with right-wing hooligans. He is entered case under art. 339 part 3. It means group hooliganism with weapons caused injures which shall be punished by restraint of freedom from three to five years or imprisonment from three to ten years. Moreover he is entered case under art. 147 part 2. It means bodily harm made by group which shall be punished by imprisonment from five to fifteen years. Continue reading Belarusian prisoners’ news. May 2015.
Jauhen Vas’kovich met in colony with his mother and grandmother. As his mother said, her son looks better than before. He sends greetings to all. Parents carried him food parcel, hygiene and Bible. Next meeting with parents is planned in August. Continue reading Belarusian prisoners’ news. April 2015.