Stand of ABC-Belarus on violence in the movement

869_900-oSeveral weeks ago a member of anarchist organisation AST Dmitrij M. was beaten in Kyiv by two anarchists from Belarus, one of them Aliaksandr Frantskevich. As representatives of the anarchist movement of Belarus and as those who actively supported Aliaksandr Frantskevich during his imprisonment we believe it is important to voice our opinion on what happened.

As far as we know after the 1 May demo in Kyiv an active discussions about the demo started online. Later discussions resulted in insults from both sides. The behaviour of both sides of the conflict was far from being constructive; it consisted of constant attempts to offend each other. We have to note that from the very beginning Aliaksandr Frantskevich made extremely impolite (offending) comments towards the participants of Kyiv Mayday demo. Read More

Belarusian prisoners’ news. September 2013

Wall_and_treesYauhen Vas’kovich spent 10 days in a punishment cell at the beginning of August. He regularly writes and calls his mother. The prisoner prefers not to have a lawyer, because he thinks it is pointless. The next date with relatives is planned on January.

Mikalai Dziadok celebrated his 25th birthday in prison on August 23. He claims to have received many cards and letters, as well as some stationary and empty envelopes, which he values the most. Generally, his health state is OK, however, he has lost another tooth. In the beginning of September he spent 10 days in punishment cell for wearing a sports suit inside his cell. Read More

An update on the situation of Belarusian anarchist prisoners

Mikalai Dziadok (4,5 years) is finishing his 3rd month in a solitary cell after having refused to work on Saturdays. Work is obligatory in Belarusian penal colonies, but is regulated by the Labour Code, which prescribes that a person shouldn’t work more than 40 hours a week. Mikalai was forced to work more on Saturdays, but refused to do so. He was punished with 6 months of solitary confinement on June 1st. During this period he is deprived of all dates, phone calls and food supply from the outside.

Ihar Alinevich (8 years) served 14 days in a punishment cell for refusing to clean the inner yard of the colony. This work is done only by certain prisoners who relate to the downcasts*. Thus, the prison administration tries to make him the downcast as well. In Belarusian prisons the downcasts do all the dirty work, eat and work in the distance, they are objects of humiliation and often used for sex by other prisoners. The pressure can be the result of the fact that Ihar’s mother started publishing his prison diaries. Earlier he refused to sign a petition for mercy.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich (3 years) was put in a punishment cell for refusing to clean the cell, which is the work for the downcasts. Before that he was visited by a top-rank policemen, who had organised the arrests of anarchists in autumn 2010. He tried to intimidate Aliaksandr and hinted at the necessity to sign the petition for mercy. Moreover, other prisoners get punished for having contacts with Aliaksandr. Read More

Political prisoner Frantskevich thrown into punishment cell

The political prisoner refused to fulfil an order of the penal colony authorities.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich was thrown to a punishment cell for disobedience to orders, Radio Svaboda learned from his mother Tatiana Frantskevich.

The political prisoner serves his term in a penal colony in Ivatsevichy (the Brest region).

Earlier, Frantskevich refused to apply for a pardon.

Tatyana Frantskevich said on July 19: “Prisoners who talk to Aliaksandr in the penal colony have faced pressure. They were forbidden to talk to him. It is done to isolate him, to keep him without contacts and friends. He wrote in a letter and repeated on the phone that he would not sign a pardon application.”

Aliaksandr Frantskevich marked his 22nd birthday on May 6. He was to have a long-term meeting with his mother on his birthday, but the prison administration cancelled it. Frantskevich was deprived of a considerable sum of monetary aid – he is now allowed to receive only 100,000 rubles per month instead of 500,000 rubles.

Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dzyadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were tried in the so-called anarchists case. The were sentenced to 8, 4.5 and 3 years in prison respectively.

For communication with Frantskevich prisoners are being thrown in a punishment cell

Александр Францкевич

These are attempts to force the political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich to sign a petition for mercy.

This was reported by the mother of political prisoner Alyaksandr Frantskevich. The lad is serving his sentence in the prison № 22 near the village Ivatsevichy. Until recently, there were no complaints. But after that for non-serious violations he has been given the status of a malicious violator, like most other political prisoners, who are now in prison. It is known that pressure on Franckevic has increased after Alexander Litvinsky – the Head of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs visited the colony.

It was he who led the sweep of anarchists in fall 2010, reports HRC “Vyasna”.

After his visit not only the political prisoner but also those who communicate with him became subjects of threats. One of the prisoners has been even placed into isolator.

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