Postcard to Statkevich

Belsat TV journalist Ales Zaleuski has sent a postcard to the political prisoner. Join our solidarity campaign!

“On these holidays I want to say:”May you first be healthy!” I hope you suffer minimal losses going through these trials because our country needs you. I am perfectly confident that it won’t be a long time before we meet; I am perfectly confident that Belarus will be free,” the news reader wrote to Mikalai Statkevich.

In the early 1990s Statkevich was one of the leaders of the Belarusian Militarymen Association. In 1991 Statkevich left the Communist Party of the USSR as a protest against a brutal Soviet military action against the democratic pro-independence opposition in the Lithuanian SSR. In 1993 Statkevich was actively protesting against Belarus joining a collective defence treaty with Azerbaijan and Armenia that were at war at a time, in order to prevent Belarusian soldiers serving in military conflicts outside the country. For this Statkevich was dismissed from the army shortly before the scheduled presentation of his Doctor of Science dissertation. Being repeatedly cast into prison he always went at large unbroken.

In 2010 Mikalai Statkevich ran for presidency. The politician having thrown down a challenge to Aliaksandr Lukashenka paid a heavy prise for it: now he is being kepr in Mahiliou prison which is notorious for its inhuman confinement conditions.

Belsat TV journalists and news readers have launched a campaign of sending postcards to the prisoners of conscience. Join us!

We have coined the text in Belarusian which may be downloaded, printed and glued to a postcard. So, all you should do is to undersign it! You will find the names and addresses in section Political Prisoners.


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