A book-launch meeting for 108 Days and Nights Spent in KGB Confines by Anatol Liabedzka, chairman of the United Civic Party, was organised at the office of the Belarusian People’s Front in Minsk.
The book describes the experience of the politician as an inmate of the KGB detention centre (‘Amerykanka’) after crackdown on the peaceful protests during the 2010 presidential election.
According to Mr Liabedzka, all the things he had to get through there came as a complete surprise to him. ‘I thought I had known it all already but I was mistaken, ‘ he said.
Anatol Liabedzka considered the complete absence of information from outside as the most difficult part of his jail ordeal. ‘It is very difficult not to know how your family is doing,’ he said. ‘And when I received the first news from what I called the ‘big land,’ just three lines written by my son’s hand, I felt terribly happy.’
His wife Sviatlana expressed hope that her husband’s book would be the last one on the subject.
About 50 people attended the presentation, including Ethan Goldrich, US charge d’affaires to Belarus, Siarhei Kaliakin, chairman of Just World Belarusian Party of the Left, and Pavel Seviarynets, co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party.
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