Political prisoner Lobau: Summer began, but prison diet lacks fruits and vegetables

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Maryna Lobava, mother of Eduard Lobau visited her sun at the penal colony where the young political prisoner, activist of Youth Front, serves his sentence.

The meeting was short – barely a two-hour conversation. He is in a normal, snappy mood. He tanned a little bit, it seems that due to a good weather they are allowed to go out into the sun. I do not know whether the prosecutor will consider his complaint. They say they will review it, but do not say when. Probably after the review they will claim that all was done in accordance with the law … as usual.

Summer came, but  is it reflected in the prison diet? Do prisoners receive fruits and fresh vegetables? As Maryna Lobava says:

«Prisoners are given neither fruits nor vegetables. The only vegetables are sauerkraut or pickled cucumbers, that’s all. Even in the cafeteria, there are no fruits. Same in the prison shop, they often appear in the autumn. If there is such an opportunity, relatives provide prisoners with vitamins in food packages»


Eduard Lobau was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment. He was detained  together with Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich on 18 December 2010. They were accused of beating passers-by in the backyard of one of the houses.

Until the hearing, Eduard Lobau was held in Zhodzina penal colony, and since early March in Volodarka (the Minsk penal colony). While in Zhodzina penal colony, he refused to testify against Young Front activists and was threatened with violence.

From 7 July 2011 Lobau is serving his sentence in the colony No. 22 in Ivatsevichy (so-called “wolf holes”).

More information on Eduard Lobau and other political prisoners in Belarus

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