Posts Tagged ‘Belarus’
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
On December 15 a regional appellate court have commuted the sentence of
two Brest antifascists, convicted on charges of participating in a mass
fight with neonazis that took place on May 8, 2013. The new sentence of
Dzmitry Stsyashenka is 3 years and of Roman Bogdan – 6 years of penal
colony. The sentence was commuted by two years for each prisoner, most
probably because they had paid the damage to the injured noenazi (all in
all about 3500 euros). Almost half of it was paid by their relatives.
If you still want to support the families and make a financial
contribution, do so using paypal belarus_abc[at]riseup[dot]net or ask for the
bank account privately.
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
A verdict was delivered today in the case of Brest antifascists accused
of participation in a group fight with neonazis which happened on May 8,
Antifascists were tried under the art. 339.3 (malicious group
hooliganism) and 147.2 (malicious bodily harm). The case was qualified
as malicious due to the fact of pepper spray usage in the fight.
Dzmitry Stsyashenka got 5 years of penal colony with reinforced regime
(339.3) and 500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis.
Roman Bogdan got 8 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3,
147.2) and 3500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis.
One more antifascist (full name unknown) got 5 years of penal colony
with reinforced regime (339.3) and 500 euro of damages to be paid to the
It should be pointed out that in 2014 Dzmitry Zvan’ko was sentenced to 5
years of prison for the same account. Dzmitry Stsyashenka is serving
another sentence of 4 years at the moment.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Vlad Lenko is an anti-fascist from Ivatsevichy. On December 27, 2014 he
was arrested for a fight with neo-nazis, which occurred on the 23rd of
December of the same year. He is charged under Art. 339.2 (hooliganism
in a group of people) and 147.2 (causing grievous bodily harm). The
court sentenced Vlad to a six-year period of imprisonment in a maximum
security colony. It is necessary to collect a large sum to appeal the
verdict, as well as to pay the victim a compensation ordered by a court
in the amount of 1000 euro. There is the hope to reduce the period by
half. Please, everyone, do not stay on the sidelines, help our mate in a
difficult moment, only together we can help him. Also Vlad needs moral
support, and later we’ll publish a postal address of the correctional
European bank account: ask
Monday, September 7th, 2015
On August 22, the Belarusian president Lukashenko signed papers to release all official political prisoners in the country. This includes the three anarchists that were still imprisoned. As Anarchist Radio Berlin, we talked with Anarchist Black Cross Belarus about their release and the upcoming elections among other things.
For security reasons, this interview has been re-recorded using our own voices.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here.
Length: 5:18 min
You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:
Anarchist comrades Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Artsiom Prakapenko released from prison (Belarus)
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
22 August 2015 – Today Alexander Lukashenko has signed papers to release all official political prisoners in the country. This includes anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Artsiom Prakapenko.
We would like to congratulate our comrades and thank everyone for the solidarity with them!
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
From ABC Belarus:
On 23 August Mikalai Dziadok will become 27. Once again he will have to celebrate his birthday in prison. Relatives and friends of the anarchist were hoping to have him outside of the prison that day, because he was supposed to be released in March this year. However out of fear for political protests and losing power, the state has decided to keep Dziadok one more year in Prison.
You can send him your warm words at:
213410, Gorki, ul. Dobrolubova, 16, IK-9, PKT
Dedok Nikolai Aleksandrovich / Dziadok Mikalai Aliaksandravich
You can also send him a letter through our online form – https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=579&lang=en
We call everyone to congratulate our friend on that day with actions of solidarity and letters.
Solidarity to Mikalai and the struggle against the state of Belarus.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Mikalai Dziadok protested against tortures by prison staff.
Viasna human rights centre learnt it from Valeria Khotsina, the wife of the political prisoner. Mikalai Dziadok was transferred to correctional facility No.9 in Horki
for his new prison term on May 12. On May 13, he was thrown into a
punishment cell for five days. On May 19, he was transferred to a
solitary confinement cell. Mikalai Dziadok spent the night in a very
cold cell and asked to be transferred to another cell.
On the morning of May 20, the political prisoner cut his abdomen and
arms to draw attention of prison officers. He received medical attention
in a medical unit and was returned to the same cold cell where he
remained until May 26. According to Valeria Khotsina, her husband
already received four sanctions.
Mikalai Dziadok has served 4.5 years of imprisonment for alleged
destructive actions against official buildings. He was to be released on
March 3, 2015. On February 26, the court of Mahilou’s Leninski district
sentenced the political prisoners to an additional year in a maximum
security correctional facility for violating article 411 of the Criminal
Code (disobeying orders of prison staff). The court of appeal upheld the
verdict on April 30.
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
We received this message from Czech about two actions, one about solidarity with anarchists in Belarus, and flyposter action against Amazon and Manpower.
Friday, February 27th, 2015
On February 26 the criminal case of the political prisoner Mikalai Dzyadok was tried in Mahilyou prison. He was charged with violation of the rules of serving the sentence under Article 411 of the Criminal Code of Belarus.
Dzydok was charged with 16 violations of prison rules, such as wearing sportswear suit instead of prison uniform, sleeping after “Wakey” signal, not sleeping after lockdown, talking to prisoners from other cells.
The prosecutor asked the court to punish Mikalai Dzyadok by 1 year in a maximum security penal colony. It is a maximum term under this article. The defence noted that such cases are extremely rare and can never be started because of such minor violations. The lawyer asked the court to justify Mikalai. As a result, Judge Ihar Shvedau sentenced the political prisoner to one more year in prison. Besides, he is to serve four days out of his four-and-a-half-year term. (more…)
Show your ass to the authorities: Call for solidarity with Belarusian anarchists from 25th February to 1st March (Belarus)
Monday, February 9th, 2015
The forth presidential term of Alexander Lukashenko will expire in 2015. In 21 years Lukashenko has managed to suppress almost all social struggles in the country, kill several political opponents in the 90s, and eradicate nearly all of the official opposition. Lukashenko didn’t allow Belarusian society to transcend the limits of Soviet mentality. Any complaint or criticism of the government are met with repression from the police or the KGB. Any attempts of organizing face with prosecution and hysteria from the state. The policy of the government can be described simply as follows: “Everything that cannot be controlled must be destroyed”. At this moment Belarusian state is slowly but steadily getting to the extermination of any dissent or independent thinking.
With the elections planned for November this year the pressure on social movements is increasing. Authorities are afraid of the Ukrainian scenario occurring in Belarus and do everything to fight “extremists”: all the people who are calling for the change of the current regime. (more…)
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Five actions in a row were organised on January 29 in support of anarchists, arrested in Minsk for alleged resistance to the police about a week ago. In fact all of them were detained on suspicion of participation in solidarity actions with other activists, who had been arrested at a punk concert and accused of distribution of extremist literature.
According to the activists, by these action they wanted to show that the 4 arrested people are not the ones who had organised the actions on January 16. The police and the judicial system don’t aim at detecting or preventing crimes, the strive to suppress any demonstration of nonconformity.
One of the groups visited the judge who decided on the anarchists’ cases and put leaflets around the house reading that he is wanted for unfair sentences and accusing a person known to be innocent. It’s common knowledge that judges in Belarus act in accordance with demands of the police. (more…)
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity
actions with people previously arrested at New Year Punk Party in Minsk.
One person was captured by the police at the prison gates, when people
came to meet their comrades, who were supposed to be released after 10
days of arrest they were sentenced to after the concert. (more…)
Monday, January 12th, 2015
On January 10, 2015, in the club “Pirates” there was supposed to be a concert of several punk bands including Italian “Kalashnikov”.
However, on information received from witnesses, this never happened. Approximately during the middle of the set of the first band, the club was surrounded by police cars and “branded” vans of Riot police without numbers. Front doors were locked, people were banned to leave the building. After that riot police in masks broke into the building. Without explanations they put everyone face to the walls with hands behind the head. This was followed by ID check and control of personal belongings. The whole procedure took around one hour and a half with constant video recording from police. Distro with anarchist and other political literature was of particular interest for them – they were searching for owners of items without any success. However they confiscated all the items from distro including political books, musical CDs and Vinyls. The whole raided as abruptly as it had begun: after checking everyone they left the place without any explanations.
3 detainees reported after this. The concert just ended before it could even begin. Apparently the preparation for the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus has already begun.
Update on yesterday’s raid on the concert:
3 people were detained who were selling items at the distro table. Initially, all of them were charged with distribution of extremist materials, later one of the detainees was released, but on Monday there will be court on minor Hooliganism. The trial of two other detainees will also be held on Monday in Minsk. Pre-court will be held at 11:00. Till the trial 2 people will stay in jail.
On January 12 in Minsk court have ruled on three cases of people detained on Saturday at New Year Punk Show. All the three people were charged with minor hooliganism, two of them were additionally charged with distribution of extremist materials. During the court the Judge have found violations in protocols on distribution of extremist materials so the documents were send back to police to fix the violations.
The Hearing started with Judge forbidding friends and comrades to enter the court room. However several people managed to go through and observe the process. All the detainees were accused of swearing at the moment of riot police entrance to the club. They all accepted the charges. The result was not so optimistic: the girl got around 100 euro fine, two guys were sentenced to 10 days in prison. It is still unclear when the hearing on distribution of extremist materials will be held.
One of the detainees reported that he was beaten up in police station.
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
In the context of the recent acute increase in repression in Belarus,
the Anarchist Radio Berlin talked to Anarchist Black Cross Belarus about
their work, the situation in the neighbouring country of Ukraine and the
situation of refugees in Belarus. For security reasons we transcribed
the original interview and re-recorded it ourselves.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here:
The length is: 10:53 min.
Enjoy! And please feel free to share!
You’ll find other English language audios here:
ps.: Please note: We are always looking for people willing to lend us a
hand with transcript translations from Spanish or German into English as
well as people able to do voice recordings – in order to amplify our
international radio work. You can contact us at
Friday, November 21st, 2014
325 receives and transmits from ABC Belarus:
On November 20 Mikalai Dziadok was charged with malicious disobedience to the demands of prison administration (art.411). This became known from a state lawyer, who had been called to attend the procedure. The case was started on November 13. In the near future the anarchist will be transferred to the pre-trial detention centre as a defendant.
Before that Dziadok had spent 8 days in a punishment cell, and was transferred to the solitary confinement.
The prisoner should have been set free on March 3, 2015 after 4.5 years in prison. The new case can add a year to his final sentence.
As you know, the presidential elections are to take place in autumn of 2015. Lukashenko does his best to neutralise his political opponents, especially anarchists, who fight against any power and are ready to act radically.