Zmitser Bandarenka will stay in Poland, he told Belsat journalists on September 8, 2012 during the celebration of Belarus’ Military Glory Day
Zmitser Bandarenka, a coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, has been undergoing rehabilitation in Poland since July, 2012. He was to fly back to Minsk but taking into account a new turn in Belarusian opposition’s persecution the former political prisoner has decided to “have a break” and keep from returning home.
“In the near future – or not so near – I am going to stay in Poland,” the oppositionist explained. Otherwise he takes great risks to be arrested again.
Zmitser Bandarenka, ex-presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau’s aide, was arrested on December 19, 2010, right after the demonstration against election fraud and later sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony. Soon after the opposition activist’s arrest his chronic illnesses flared up. In July, 2011 he underwent a spine operation in Minsk clinical hospital №5. He was set free from Mahiliou penal colony №15 after filing a petition for pardon addressed to Aliaksandr Lukashenka.