Lukashenka in no haste to free political prisoners: Mikalai Dziadok sentenced to one more year in jail

The term of imprisonment has been extended by one year for the political prisoner. The case was tried in Mahiliou prison on Thursday.

Mikalai Dziadok was accused of violation of serving a prison term. He was charged with 16 violations; he most serious offence was his wearing sportswear instead of prison uniform.

The prosecutor asked the court to give the maximum sentence to Mikalai Dziadok – one year in a high-security penal colony. Judge Ihar Shvedau deferred to his opinion. Dziadok will also have to serve three days out of his first prison term.

Mikalai’s family and friends expected him to get out of jail in a week.


In May, 2011 three Belarusian anarchists were sentenced to different terms of imprisonment (from 3 to 8 years). They were adjudged guilty of arsoning the Russian Embassy building in Minsk.

On August 30th, 2010 unknown perpetrators threw Molotov cocktails at the Russian embassy building. As a result, an embassy employee’s car was damaged. Anarchists were also charged with attempts to burn the Ministry of Defense building, Minsk’s casino Shangri-la, Minsk-Moscow bank, and a building of the Trade Unions Federation.

Three defendants were sentenced to imprisonment in high-security correctional institutions: Ihar Alinevich to 8 years, Mikalai Dziadok to 4.5 years, Aliaksandr Frantskevich to 3 years. They did not plead guilty to the charges.

According to a human rights defender Aleh Hulak, the Belarusian authorities violated law by arresting the same suspects numerous times on the ground of different charges, just to extend their stay in detention. In his opinion, the authorities wanted to exert pressure on the defendants.

The arrest of the suspects did not prevent further arsoning. Soon unidentified individuals threw fiery bottles at the building of Minsk City court where ex-presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment the day before.

HRC Viasna recognised Mikalai Dziadok as a political prisoner.

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