According to his fiancee Nasta Palazhanka, Zmitser Dashkevich has met with his defence lawyer. “Being kept alone in the ward he has no complaints,” she said.
There is no radio outlet in his ward but it can be installed. “In accorgance with maximum security confinement conditions Dashkevich is allowed to receive only one two-kilogram parcel per year; thus, he has to eat prison meals. In a prison shop he can buy something else but at that, he should not exceed the amount of Blr100.000 (appr. $12) per month,” Palazhanka said.
Zmitser Dashkevich and another activist of the Young Front Eduard Lobau were detained on December 18, 2010. Opposition activists and human rights defenders consider this detention as part of police preventive action performed before the 2010 presidential election. Dashkevich and Lobau were adjudged guilty of especially malignant hooliganism (Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code). Opposition activists and human rights defenders consider this detention as part of police preventive action performed before the 2010 presidential election. On March 24, 2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony. International human rights organisations recognised him a political prisoner.
In September, 2011 the activist was offered to file a petition for pardon addressed to Aliaksandr Lukashenka but he rejected this proposal.
He started serving his term in Horki penal colony (Mahiliou region) but later he was moved to Hlybokaye (Vitsebsk region). Dashkevich was to go at liberty in December, 2012 but on August 28 Hlybokaye district court in camera acknowledged Dashkevich guilty of“gross disobedience to orders of correctional institution administration”. Four months which Dashkevich was to serve under the first sentence has been included in the new one. Thus, now Zmitser Dashkevich is expected to be released on August 28, 2012.
After the sentence he was transitted to Mazyr penal colony. On October 20, 2012 Mazyr court took the decision to transfer him to a closed-type prison for “gross disobedience to orders”. According to Palazhanka, as after his arrival at Mazyr colony he was put to a punishment cell and later – to a ward-type room, the political prisoner can’t be “a flagrant violator”.
Another prisoner of conscience, Mikalai Autukhovich, is also serving his term in Hrodna prison No 1.