Jailed presidential candidate Babaryka faces deteriorating working conditions

In August, Viktar Babaryka earned 1 ruble 60 kopecks, working in a bakery. Now he has been transferred to a new job in worse conditions.

Viktar Babaryka. Photo: AG / Belsat

The telegram channel of Viktar Babaryka‘s headquarters has reported a new job of a political prisoner in penal colony #1. Although he passed the certification of the bakery heater last week, he was transferred to a new job: stacker of bakery products.

The working conditions have worsened. Now he has to stay in the bakery where even with the ovens turned off, the temperature is over 30 degrees centigrade, the room is hardly ventilated, and windows cannot be opened (before Babaryka’s transfer, according to his staff, they allowed it).

Babaryka’s lawyers intend to apply to the competent authorities to check working conditions in the bakery.

Before his imprisonment, Viktar Babaryka headed Belgazprombank for 20 years. In 2020, he announced that he was running for president. Viktar Babaryka and his son Eduard Babaryka, head of his campaign headquarters, were detained on June 18, 2020. At that time, 425 thousand signatures were collected for Babaryka’s presidential nomination, while 100 thousand were enough.

The “Belgazprombank case” trial began on February 17, 2021, and lasted almost 5 months. On July 6, the politically imprisoned ex-banker was sentenced. He was found guilty of bribery on a large scale (Part 3 Article 430 of the Criminal Code) and money laundering (Part 2 Article 235 of the Criminal Code). Supreme Court Judge Ihar Lubavitski sentenced Viktar Babaryka to 14 years in a reinforced regime colony and a fine of 145,000 BYN (5 thousand base units). The political prisoner must also pay more than 46 million BYN in damages.

You can write to Viktar Babaryka at the address: Penal Colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolatsk, 8 Tekhnichnaya Street.