Nasta Palazhanka: “At least, there is an opportunity to look up at the sky above”
Zmitser Dashkevich, the imprisoned Young Front leader, has been moved from a punishment isolation cell of Hlybokaye penal colony №13.
“Dashkevich has been held in punitive confinements since he was put into prison. This was the case in Horki penal colony №9: he was repeatedly thrown into the isolation ward for no other reason than that he was seeking normal confinement conditions. He had to go on a hunger strike, after that he was transferred to Hlybokaye penal colony,” his fiancee Nasta Palazhanka said.
After Dashkevich’s statement on the threat to his life and health he was kept in a one-man cell in Hlybokaye, then he being in punitive confinements. “Thus, it is the first time in a year and a half that Dashkevich has had comparative freedom: at least, there is an opportunity to look up at the sky above,” she said.
It is still unknown what job the political prisoner is doing in the colony.
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). On March 24, 2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony. In September, 2011 the activist was offered to file a petition for pardon addressed to Alexander Lukashenka but he rejected this proposal.