Volha Zalatar.

On 3 December, Minsk court has handed a sentence to Volha Zalatar, mother of five children and political prisoner. She was found guilty of creating an extremist group and sentenced to four years in a general regime colony, the Viasna human rights center reported.

Her former lawyer Andrei Machalau said that Volha had been beaten to get her phone passwords after her detention in the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption. For this statement he was deprived of his lawyer’s license.

On 30 November, Volha Zalatar said during her final speech in the court: “My heart is breaking: the degree of hatred is growing, the amount of pain and resentment is increasing. Repentance and mutual forgiveness are necessary. This is the only way to stop the sociopolitical crisis in the country.”