Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, founder and head of the Viasna Human Rights Center, is spending his 60th birthday awaiting trial.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke about the role of Belarusians in military operations in Ukraine: “No Belarusian must die for Putin’s ambitions and Lukashenko’s mistakes”
Marfa Rabkova, a coordinator of the volunteer service of the Viasna Human Rights Center, was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of almost USD 9,000.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya thanked Arestovych for supporting Belarusians. Arestovych stressed that Ukrainians distinguish between the actions of Lukashenko and Belarusians.
Courts have not issued a single acquittal verdict. According to the Viasna Human Rights Center, as of September 1, 2022, there were 1,326 political prisoners in Belarusian prisons.
Political prisoner Darya Chultsova, who was detained during a live stream in the Square of Changes, has been released after serving her sentence.
Aksana Kaspiarovich was detained at her workplace in September 2021 in connection with the so-called “Zeltsar case”: she made comments on Instagram about the murder of the IT professional Andrei Zeltsar that had taken place in his own apartment.
Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who refused to return to Belarus after a scandal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, has been granted Polish citizenship. She has already performed at the Polish Teams Championship and won the 100-meter race.
The Unwomanly Face of War, a book by Belarusian writer and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, will be adapted into a TV series. The production is to take place in Hollywood. At the same time, Alexievich’s books are being examined for “extremist content” and removed from libraries in Belarus.