Repercussions resound: Ex-political prisoner hospitalized

Aliaksandr Malchanau who was freed from imprisonment a month ago has been admitted to hospital. He is diagnosed as having a concealed bleeding: he might have to undergo an operation soon.

“Internal bleeding lasted for some days; by the moment it has supposedly stopped, but I am on a drip now. Perhaps I have duodenal ulcer, which might have been triggered by prison [conditions – Belsat]. There was a poor diet in jail, and one failed to eat any foods recommended,” Aliaksandr Malchanau told Belsat TV.

Except for his elderly father, who is seriously ill, Aliaksandr has no close relatives. Yulia Stsiapanava, an activist of European Belarus civil campaign, has called all the people concerned to give a helping hand to the former political prisoner: anyone can cheer the young man up visiting him in Barysau hospital No 1. A charity account is to be opened as well, Ms Stsiapanava hopes.

After the release Aliaksandr was offered a good job in a private company. But due to the regime of supervision he would fail to go on business trips…The former political prisoner is eager to come back to Minsk to earn his living. But at the moment he is still banned from leaving his native town of Barysau without probation officers’ sanction.


Sentenced to three years of imprisonment for participation in actions that seriously disrupt civil order on the day of the 2010 presidential elections and later pardoned, the 23-year-old oppositionist had to return to prison again: he was convicted for stealing scrap metal from an abandoned factory.

After his arrest in December, 2010 the oppositionist lost his job and was excluded from the institute. According to his relatives, Aliaksandr stood no chance of being employed: he was repeatedly turned down while looking for a job.

To make both ends meet and help ill parents Malchanau started collecting scrap metal. On April 10, 2012 he stood trial charged with stealing scrap amounting to $9 from the abandoned factory. The oppositionist was sentenced to 1.5 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. Aliaksandr Malchanau stressed that policemen had been writing off this industrial facility before his arrest. In his opinion, it is the way that the Belarusian security forces revenged on him.

The administration of the detention center in Zhodzina did not allow Mr Malchanau to attend the funeral of his mother, who died in June 2012.


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