Wife visits imprisoned ex-presidential candidate: ‘He is very strong in spirit’

Maryna Adamovich, the politician’s wife, was allowed to visit him in jail. In January, 2015, after the end of the three-year term of prison regime, Mikalai Statkevich is to be transferred from a closed prison in Mahiliou to a penal colony, Statkevich wrote in a letter to journalist Barys Vyrvich earlier.  

“He has not changed. I mean he is very strong in spirit. We were talking a lot about the transit that is in store for him. Mikalai viewed the simple truth – ‘I realise that different things may happen but I am morally and psychologically ready for any of them’,” Maryna Adamovich said.

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 Belarus president Lukashenka for pardon.


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