Brest police summon local activist Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk jailed since early January

Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk (C) during protests in Brest. Photo: Belsat

Brest resident Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk was summoned to the local police for having a so called preventive talk. But since the woman have been held in custody for nearly three months, she is not able to show up.

A police officer called Palina’s mother on the phone number which my wife had not used for a long time. This number is known only in the preschool which our son attends. I know that policemen make visits to kindergartens and schools and take numbers from parents’ chats,” Palina’s husband Andrey Sharenda said.

On January 3, the police knocked down the door, conducted a search of Sharendas’ place and seized a number of things. Then Andrey was serving a term for participating in a protest rally in November; Palina was detained and taken to the remand prison in handcuffs. A criminal case was initiated against the woman under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘violence or threat of violence against a police officer’).

In late February, Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk was taken to the so-called Navinki from the local detention facility on February, 23. According to Andrey, she was forced to undergo a forensic psychiatric examination at the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre for Mental Health in Navinki resdential area in Minsk.

In March, the Brest investigators also summoned the deceased Maryna Silich for questioning. Earlier, a criminal case under Art. 363-2 (‘resistance to police officers’) was brought against her son.

Deceased woman summoned for interrogation