Pressure stepped up: political prisoners resort to solitary cells

Has pressure on political prisoners increased? At the same period of time, in anticipation of provocations, both Mikalai Autukhovich and Mikalai Statkevich asked to place them in solitary cells.

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MIKALAI STATKEVICH, political prisoner:

‘I don’t want to share a cell with anyone anymore, because my security might be endangered in connection with the current situation ‘out of prison’. The economic situation is deteriorating, keeping me here might be costly but they are afraid to release me. That’s why chances are high that I will face some unpleasant surprises’

During his imprisonment the ex-presidential candidate has experienced seven episodes which were extremely dangerous to his life and health, Statkevich wrote to his wife. But nevertheless, the politician sentenced to 6 years for ‘organising mass riots’ after the 2010 presidential elction, refuses to ask President Lukashenka for pardon.

Friends and associates are deeply concerned over the situation with another prisoner of conscience, Mikalai Autukhovich. Although he is to leave prison in a month, it might become difficult to survive the time left. To avoid provocative acts, the political prisoner appealed to the warden asking to put him in a solitary cell of Hrodna prison.

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