Imprisoned ex-presidential candidate’s aged father receives threatening letter

Viktar Statkevich, 88, the father of political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, has received an anonymous threatening letter.

“Today [on Monday] he has found a letter containing threats to his, my and Mikalai’s lives. In particular, they said that Mikalai would be killed after he laft prison,”  Maryna Adamovich, the imprisoned politician’s wife, told news agency BelaPAN.

Now Maryna Adamovich is set to take legal advice; then she will go to her father-in-law, who live alone in the town of Baranavichy, and file a report with police.

“I have no illusions on police’s point but I believe such terrible acts shouldn’t go unpunished,” she added.


Mikalai Statkevich is the last 2010 presidential candidate to be in prison. The sentence given to Mr Statkevich in 2011 was one of the toughest: six years of imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony. The reason might be explained by the fact that in his election speech Mikalai Statkevich addressed to the current president demanding “to give back all that you have stolen”. The authorities are trying to embitter Statkevich’s life even in prison putting him to a disciplinary cell or making him share a ward with an AIDS sufferer. However, the former presidential candidate keeps mantaining his innocence and refuses to ask President Lukashenka for pardon.

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