‘Fear In A Peaceful Land’: What happened in Minsk metro in 2011?


Fear in a Peaceful Land, directed by Katsyaryna Bortnik, 2012. (Documentary in Belarusian)

Six years ago, on April 11, 2011, a bomb exploded at Kastrychnitskaya underground station in Minsk, killing 15 persons and injuring hundreds.

A day later, two Vitsebsk-born men, 25-year-old Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou, were arrested and accused of organising the terrorist attack in Minsk underground. The death verdict delivered by the Supreme Court of Belarus on November, 30, 2011 triggered a mixed reaction in society and drew attention to the death penalty issue once again.

What was the execution of Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou? Was it just punishment or judicial murder? Belsat’s documentary Fear in a Peaceful Land presents the facts previously unknown, independent experts’ evaluations, stories about the Belarusian prosecution system. Why didn’t Dzmitry Kanavalau say a word in court? Its authors study the most controversial moments of the case of the alleged terrorists which were ignored in court.


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