Political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich spent 247 days in sum in a penal cell


The 22-year old political prisoner, journalist of Bobrujskij Courier Yauhen Vaskovich is sent to the solitary cell, a fine for bad behavior in prison, almost every month. By now, he has spent 247 days in solitary confinement, report human rights defenders, which means nearly ten months out of less than three years of imprisonment.

Last time Yauhen was placed in the isolator before the New Year, on December 27, for ten days.

Such regime of serving the sentence (he is allowed only one food parcel up to two kilos a year) made impact on the physical state: being 186 cm tall, he weighs only 65 kilos.

His mother says he does not complain in letters; she supposes it is not allowed to write things like that. The lawyer meets him regularly. After January 20 the mother is going to pay a visit to his son, which is allowed only once a year.

Meanwhile, Yauhen’s colleagues from the Belarusian Christian Democracy are worried by the situation and alarm human rights defenders and international organizations to protest against the tortures of the prisoner.

We remind that Yauhen Vaskovich, and his friends Artsiom Prakapenka and Pavel Syramolatau, were sentenced to 7 years in prison for attacking the KGB building in Babruysk (on the night of October 17, 2010). They were found guilty of hooliganism and causing costly damage to property (the damage to the outer façade was estimated at 253 000 Br, which was in 2010 about 85$). Now Yauhen Vaskovich is in Mahilou prison No4. Pavel Syramalotau pleaded for pardon and was released in September 2012. Yauhen Vaskovich and Artsiom Prakapenka are refusing to appeal for pardon.

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