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Former political prisoner Malchanau faces criminal persecution again

A criminal case for the “desecration the state symbols” has been resumed against former political prisoner Aliaksnadr Malchanau.
“They haven’t explained anything, but I know exactly that the case was closed long ago. I was informed recently that it was resumed. No one questioned me or demanded to geive evidence. None of my friends were called to the Investigation Committee or other agencies,” Aliaksandr Malchanau said.The former political prisoner said a criminal case for the “desecration of the state symbols” had been opened against him after the release from prison for taking part in the post-election protests.

“I was accused of hanging out green-red flags with some slogans...

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Former political prisoner Pavel Vinahradau to remain under police supervision


On April 24, Pavel Vinahradau visited the police department of Minsk’s Maskouski district to check in on the last day of preventive supervision imposed on him for his civil activity. However, the staff told him that the period of restrictions might be extended.

On April 25, it has been reported that the preventive supervision period was extended by six months. The decision was enforced by the court of Maskouski district.

“And they made ​​it clear that I should either tomorrow leave for Berazino until June 3, or go to prison in Akrestsin Street. And I choose Berazino,” wrote the activist on his Facebook account.

Pavel Vinahradau is one of the first activists to be convicted in the December 2010 case. He was released early, but was immediately put on preventive supervision...

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Former political prisoner Dzmitry Dashkevich sentenced to 25 days of arrest


Former political prisoner Dzmitry Dashkevich was detained last evening at the entrance to his apartment in Minsk. He was searched and then brought to the Pershamaiski district police department.

Today, his administrative case was heard by Judge Yury Harbatouski of the Pershamaiski District Court. Dzmitry Dashkevich was charged with two offences, violation of preventive restriction rules (Article 24.12) and resisting police orders (Article 23.4).

As a result, the former Young Front leader was sentenced to 25 days of administrative arrest.

In the last three days alone, Minsk police preventively detained four opposition activists: Maksim Viniarski, Illia Dabratvor, Aliaksandr Stsepanenka and Uladzimir Siarheyeu.

Human rights defenders believe that these unfounded detentions are linked to the...

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Aliaksandr Artsybashau and Pavel Vinahradau sentenced to large arrest terms


The activists of “Zmena” (the youth wing of “Tell the Truth” political movement) were detained on March 13. Artsybashau drove to the office of the police inspection, where ex-political prisoner Vinahradau came for regular registration.

As stated to BelaPAN by Pavel’s wife Sviatlana Vinahradava, her husband was detained when coming out of the police inspection, and Aliaksandr was detained by officers of road police a little later. According to her, police officers hinted that the arrest was connected with the upcoming local elections. The detainees were kept at the detention center in Akrestsin Street at night.

March 14, Judge of the Maskouski District Court Tatsiana Motyl sentenced Mr. Vinahradau to 25 days of arrest under Articles 17...

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Supervision for former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich extended for 3 months


Minsk’s Pershamaiski district court extended the preventive supervision for former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich. His 6-month supervision term was to expire on February 28, but the court ruled to extended it until May 28, Radio Svaboda reports.

Zmitser Dashkevich didn’t attend the hearing, because he was working.

Zmitser Dashkeivch was released from prison No. 1 in Hrodna on August 28, 2013, after three years of imprisonment. He was arrested on December 18, 2010, ahead of the latest presidential elections. He was convicted for “malicious hooliganism” and then for “persistent failure to obey orders of prison officers”. Zmitser Dashkeivch should remain under supervision for six months after the release. He cannot leave home from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

On November 6, Zmitser...

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Minsk City Court confirms one-year verdict for Vasil Parfiankou


The Minsk City Court heard today an appeal filed in the case of political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou. As a result, the verdict of Pershamaiski District Court was upheld and the appeal was dismissed.

On May 29, 2012 the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk sentenced Vasil Parfiankou to six months of arrest under Art. 421 of the Criminal Code (breaching preventive police supervision set by the court).

On December 5, 2013 the same court repeatedly convicted Vasil Parfiankou on the same charges and sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment to be served in a maximum security penal colony.

Now Vasil Parfiankou is in Zhodzina jail, where, according to preliminary data, he is awaiting transfer to a colony in Horki, Mahiliou region.

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Commit...

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Vasil Parfiankou is kept in Zhodzina penitentiary


Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou is kept in the transit point of Zhodzina penitentiary, from which he will be transferred to Horki penitentiary. He wrote about it in a letter to public activist and film producer Volha Mikalaichyk.

He wrote that he was taken to Zhodzina and the conditions are very hard there. The prisoners are prohibited to sit on the bunks even during the daytime, and have to walk all day after making their beds. However, his main complaint is the real information hunder. There is no TV set and he receives no newspapers. He has no money on his acccount, as his 500,000 rubles still haven’t been returned by the activity therapy center in Svetlahorsk. He cannot buy any postcards or envelopes to write anyone,” said Mikalaichyk.

Vasil Parfiankou wrote a letter in...

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Uladzimir Yaromenak to be imprisoned on 11 December

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Today Uladzimir Yaromenak has been informed about the day when he will start serving three months arrest. He must come to the Pershamaiski District Police Department with his personal belongings on 11 December. From there he will be taken to the prison in Valadarski Street.

According to the activist, he will not appeal the court verdict, as it can take much time, reports the press service of the “Young Front”.

Bear in mind that the activist was sentenced to three months of arrest on 20 August 2013 for violating the rules of preventive supervision.

Uladzimir Yaromenak is involved in the criminal case on mass riots in Minsk on 19 December 2010. He was sentenced to three years in a maximum security prison, but was released in August 2011 on the basis of the presidential decree of pardon.


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Statement by Center “Viasna” and Belarusian Helsinki Committee on the sentence to Vasil Parfiankou


The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the republican NGO “Belarusian Helsinki Committeee” regard the sentencing of the public activist Vasil Parfiankou to imprisonment for violation of preventive supervision as politically motivated persecution.

In February 2011 Vasil Parfiankou was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (” participation in mass disorders”) for participation in protest against electoral fraud during the presidential election, and in August of the same year was pardoned under a presidential decree.

After his release, Vasil Parfiankou continued public activities and was repeatedly detained for participation in protests in support of political prisoners who have remain behind bars.

After participating in a peaceful assembly dedi...

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Vasil Parfiankou to stand another trial on November 28


The Court of Minsk’s Pershamaiski district will hear on November 28 the charges brought against former political prisoners Vasil Parfiankou. He is accused of violating the rules of serving preventive police supervision (Article 421 of the Criminal Code).

Since September 21, Vasil Parfiankou has been held in an activity therapy center in the town of Svetlahorsk, Homel region. He is expected to be escorted to the courtroom.

On February 9, political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou was released from a detention center in Baranvichy.

On May 29, 2012 Vasil Parfiankou was convicted under Article 421 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. Minsk’s Pershamaiski Court Judge Siarhei Bandarenka found him guilty of breaking the rules of preventive supervision...

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