Political prisoner Alinevich isolated in prison


Ihar Alinevich hasn’t called or written letters for two weeks. According to his mother, Valiantsina Alinevich, he also cannot accept parcels with books in prison.

“I haven’t had telephone calls or letters from my son since the middle of August. They try to isolate him from communication with the rest of the world and even with his parents. I used to send him magazines and books. We have sent him literature recently, but the parcel returned back with the mark ‘Prohibited. Only subscription is allowed,’” the mother of the political prisoner said.

She noted that Ihar told her during their meeting in June that the new prison authorities had set new rules for all inmates of Navapolatsk correctional facility No. 10.

“Prison officers find new ways to mock people: they forbid parcels, communication, books, any information. It relates Ihar and all political prisoners. I was surprised to hear that Baumgertner received Anna Karenina in the KGB jail. It is strictly forbidden to give books and magazines to KGB inmates,” Valiantsina Alinevich said.

On May 27, 2011, judge Zhanna Khvainitskaya from Minsk’s Zavadski district court sentenced Ihar Alinevich to 8 years in a medium security correctional facility. He serves his term in colony No. 10 in Navapolatsk famous for its strict confinement conditions. Mikalai Dziadok, Aliaksandr Frantskeivch and he were charged with organising a procession near the Ministry of Defence, carrying out attacks on Shangri La casino and a detention centre in Akrestsin Street and setting the doors of a Belarusbank office on fire.

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