22 years old, student. "The garage gate was closed, and the only thing that could be heard from behind it was the sound of automatic rifles being reloaded"
Belarusian Vital Melnik, recognized as a political prisoner, was sentenced to 13 years in a maximum security penal colony and property confiscation. In addition, he has to pay a fine of about $3,800 USD.
The repressive totalitarian regime in Belarus has been working hard to stamp out any dissent. In 2022, politically motivated detentions and torture continued, new criminal cases were opened, and the number of political prisoners increased. The Viasna Human Rights Center shares statistical information on political prisoners in 2022.
According to the information the Viasna Human Rights Center received from other prisoners, Maria is yet to be transferred from the hospital back to the Homel penal colony: "As of now, Kalesnikava is in the hospital, she is not in good condition physically, and appears gaunt."
28 years old, freelancer. "I have decided that I'd rather take to the streets and get hit in the head than be ashamed of sitting everything out at home"
The trial against Viasna human rights defenders, including the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski, commenced on January 5 in Minsk. The defendants face 7 to 12 years of imprisonment.
25 years old. "We cannot win without a fight, and the situation can't be resolved peacefully anymore"
The Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich talked with the Ukrainian Freedom Channel about the war, her new book, and her conversations with Putin's and Lukashenko's supporters. We feature selected quotes from her interview.