At 5.30 a.m. on 3 September the political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich was released from the Ivatsevichy colony.
“I was awoken at 5.00 a.m., earlier as usual – we get up at 6 a.m. All documents were filled in half an hour and at 5.30 a.m. I was let out of the prison gates. Most probably, it was done so that I wouldn’t have time to say goodbye to my prison friends,” told Mr. Frantskevich to Radio Svaboda.
The political prisoner told that he has felt pressurization all the time, but ordinary political prisoners were pressurized as well:
“If you are strong, no matter for what reasons you are kept in jail, you will endure it”. Aliaksandr Frantskevich spent the last five months in a cell-type facility. He knows about what is going on by mail and letters. Before his placement in the cell-type facility he met with Eduard Lobau several times and knows that he started learning the profession of welder.
According to the political prisoner, the food in the prison is terrible. “You can survive only thanks to the things you receive from relatives. Carrot was the only vegetable served in the prison,” he said in interview to Radio Svaboda.
Now he intends to go to Navapolatsk where he will be kept under supervision, but will try to get transferred to Minsk in order to have an opportunity to work in a computer firm.
Aliaksandr Frantskevich thanked everyone for support and letters which were sent to him all the time. He took out a large package of letters with him.
Three years ago, in September 2010, he was arrested within the framework of the “case of anarchists”. On 24 May 2011 the Savatski District Court of Minsk sentenced him to three years of imprisonment.
For more information on political prisoners, see analytical note issued by FIDH and “Viasna” Belarus : Political Prisoners in Critical Situation and Restricted Freedom for 40 Activists