Political prisoner Dashkevich: “Whatever hard and hopeless it can be, but our time is coming, and their time is going”

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Mr. Dashkevich hopes to get released next month, after the end of the additional one-year prison term for “malignant insubordination to the administration of the penitentiary”. He wrote about it in a letter to the journalist from Bialynichy, Barys Vyrvich, received by him on 9 July.

In this letter Dmitry Dashkevich humorously remarks: “I am alright, still in prison. Sometimes I read the independent press and “Sovetskaya Belorussiya” – everyday. I am able to utter a whole set of cliches about the “rotting capitalism” at any time of day and night. If everything is quiet, next month I may get out of this captivity. We’ll see by the situation, as my hopes have already let me down once ;) “.

In his letter the youth leader also expresses a skeptic attitude to the alleged “liberalization” which may take place in the country and says that “whatever hard and hopeless it may be, our time is coming and their time is going“.

As usual, he finished his letter with a quotation from the Bible: “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: and thou shalt seek his place, and shalt not find it.”

Dmitry Dashkevich – Leader of the organization Malady Front (Young Front), was convicted to two years in prison under Article 193(1) of the Criminal Code for his activities on behalf of this organization and released in early 2008.

Dashkevich was arrested again in Minsk on 18 December 2010 with Eduard Lobau in a heavy-handed provocation arranged by special forces with the aim of securing a preventative arrest ahead of the protest demonstrations over the presidential elections. He was convicted on 24 March 2011 by the Moscow District Court in Minsk under Article 339(2) (malicious hooliganism) and sentenced to two years in a minimum security prison. During his imprisonment Dmitry had been sent to a punishment isolation cell for many times for “violating regulations.”

On 28 August 2012, the Hlybokaye District Court held an offsite session at penal colony No. 13. Here, Dashkevich was sentenced under Article 411(1) of the Belarusian Criminal Code (defying the demands of the penal colony’s administration) to one year in prison with the four months that Dmitry had still not served under his previous sentence being added to this term. Under a decision issued by the administration on 4 October 2012, Dashkevich was again moved from the isolation cell to cell-type accommodation for one month.

For more information see FIDH analytical note on situation of political prisoners in Belarus

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