There are more than 280 political prisoners in Belarus and many other people were detained for shorter period of time, severely beaten, tortured by state aparatus of the dictator. The main trusted source of information and a list of prisoners can be found on the website of the human rights organization Viasna96, numbers are still growing…
Here we have selected a few stories of ordinary people who found themselves in prison only for their involvement in the election campaign or just an active social attitude. More can be found on Viasna page and we will try to cover more. It depends also on your support, you can write us on Join campaign link, where you can write us e-mail for guidance how to organise large billboard posting, support next billboards financially or volunteer in describing stories of #BelarusHeroes – political prisoners. We are adding first selected 10 stories and then full list:
Ten selected stories
( Марына Глазава, Марина Глазова)
A young woman detained on September 25, 2020 for a chorovod (choral dance) on the street. Since then, he has been in custody in Brest. Accused of participating in a group event that grossly violates public order.
(Ігнат Сідорчык, Игнат Сидорчик)
Movie director. He has made several films, some of which he has starred in. He was lost in the first days of the post-election protests, was on the list of missing persons, later found in pre-trial detention in Žodzina, then transferred to Minsk. Accused of organizing mass riots.
(Таццяна Канеўская, Татьяна Каневская)
Electoral representative of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Gomel, mother of 4 children, participant in the mothers’ movement for more moderate detention sentences for juveniles. Detained the day before the election, on August 8, accused of disobedience towards police officer and organizing mass riots. By profession a teacher, she also worked as a cultural organizer. She was arrested during raid at her home. She was transferred from her native Homel to pre-trial detention in Minsk. Soon we will tell also story of second mother, Alena Maushuk, whose story is also described in article below.
(Расціслаў Стэфановіч, Ростислав Стефанович)
Architect. Author of work for Belarus and abroad. Member of the wider body of the Coordination Council. Detained and beaten by OMON on September 28, the charges and place of detention are unknown.
https://novychas.by/hramadstva/palitvjazen-rascislau-stefanovicz-haceu-kab-hala?fbclid=IwAR0Wosa7P5MtuB-U61wy4EosDJ6RJKUOl4VBVKTe8a-EOpobalYRuSpL0bQ / https://spring96.org/be/news/99981
(Алег Рубец, Олег Рубец)
An eighteen-year-old man. Detained on August 10 in Pinsk during the post-election protests, heavily beaten.
(Аляксандр Васілевіч, Александр Василевич)
Entrepreneur, supporter of Belarusian cultural projects, such as the “cultural space of the Gallery Ў”, an independent information portal kuku.org.
Detained on August 28 by the Financial Police Department, the charges are unknown in a prison in Minsk.
(Сцяпан Латыпаў, Степан Латыпов)
Arborist, industrial climber. As an expert in biology, he became involved in the fight with the Heracleum (giant hogweed) plant, personally sprayed larger areas and was also promoted on state television.
After he began to oppose repeated destruction of iconic street art “DJs of change” in the yard of his house, he was arrested. He was accused of preparing an attempt to poison police officers due to sprays and chemicals found during the search. In custody since September 15.
(Аляксандр Арановіч, Александр Аранович)
Driver of blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski’s caravan, in which he toured the regions of Belarus while shooting his videos. Arrested at a pre-election meeting in Hrodna on May 29, where signatures were collected for Sviatlana Tsikhanouska. Accused of preparing acts that grossly violate public order.
(Ігар Ярмолаў, Игорь Ермолов)
Volunteer of Viktar Babaryki’s election staff. Detained during the first days of post-election protests, when repressions was particularly brutal. According to his parents, he was beaten so that he had to undergo surgery in a military hospital. After the operation, he was returned to the KGB prison.
(Віктар Куўшынаў, Виктор Кувшинов)
Manager of the Belarusian IT company PandaDoc, registered in the USA. PandaDoc began offering financial support to members of the force troops who voluntarily left work or lost it due to disobedience to criminal orders. Detained September 2. Accused of financial fraud. Other employees of the company, such as the accountant Julio Šardyk, were detained with him.
List of political prisoners in Belarus (not updated frequently)
Taken from http://spring96.org/en/news/49539 (where you can find much more details) and sorted alphabetically. Currently, total number of political prisoners is larger than 280 and still growing very fast. Gradually, we would like to add more links to personal stories of political prisoners, our #BelarusHeroes . If you have capacity to help us, please join campaign.
Viasna also published a list (bottom of a page) of released political prisoners #BelarusHeroes which still face criminal charges.
As you can see, there are many political prisoners in Belarus. We are trying to make their stories public, to show that we are watching how are they treated. To publish as many as possible in best possible public places (in european cities – on billboards, big posters etc.) we need your help, please visit the page Join campaign to see how you can help.