Belarusian prisoners’ news. September 2014

Mikalai Dziadok was moved to another cell for 10 people as the former one (where he was doing his time with 2 prisoners only) got reorganised. Right after his birthday (August 23rd) he was put into a punishment cell for 20 days allegedly for not wearing the prison uniform.

Ihar Alinevich works at a lumber production in the new penal colony. On September 24th he turned 31.

Jauhen Vas’kovich must be transferred from Mogilev prison to Mogilev colony, his mother says. Three-year term of her son in prison, which was sentenced by court, will finish in October. “I spoke with my son per phone, and he wants start to work there in order to reduce the term. Now he is transferred to cell, a smaller one. Not alone, as we first thought, there are besides him three more people,” – says Rushaniya Vas’kovich. She hopes that after the transfer to Mogilev colony administration will allow her to meet with son. “There should be a short-term and long-term meeting. In general, Eugene feels as always, optimistic, he sends greetings to all. He says that he is busy and does not have time to write much. Once I was waiting for a letter from him two months”, – mother of political prisoner says.

The amount of debt that Dzmitry Zvan’ko owed was finally paid. Despite of this, the question of amnesty has not been considered yet. In his spare time, he goes in for sports, reads books and learning English. Also, he got a chance to take a large product parcel.

Dzmitry Stsyashenka serves his sentence in the “open prison” and lives in a barracks type of dormitory (for 110 people) and works as a welder. Salary there is a very small, but still enough for food. After work, he and all the others are locked in their barracks until the morning. Conditions in the camp, as he said, “basically normal”. No problems arose, as well as violations of the internal regime. His free time Dzmitry spends in the gym, by reading books (from the latest Tony O’Neill – General of the Red Army) and the Internet. Every weekend his girlfriend and friends visit him. Taking into account time spent in a custody pending trial, amnesty, which reduced the period on 1 year, and 4 months held in the camp, 1 year and 10 months is left until the end of the period. In January, possibly, the punishment may be replaced by more soft.

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