At least 15: Deaths linked to post-election protests in Belarus

Protests in Minsk. 9 August 2020.
Photo: Belsat

On May 26, Belarusians paid their last respects to Vitold Ashurak, a political prisoner and the Belarusian People’s Front activist. Last week, he died under unclear circumstances in the penal colony in Shklou. On the same day, the suicide of 18-year-old Dzmitry Stakhouski, a suspect in a ‘mass riots’ criminal case, was reported. gives the names of those whose deaths happened to be related to the suppression of the post-election protests in Belarus.

There are at least 15 names on this sad list:

Alyaksandr Taraykouski, 34, a participant in the protests. He was shot dead by security officers near Pushkinskaya metro station in Minsk on August 10.

Henadz Shutau, 44, a participant in the protests. He was was shot dead by a plainclothes army officer Raman Haurylau on August 11 in Brest.

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Mikita Kryutsou, 29, a participant in the protests. On August 11, he went missing on the way to work in Minsk, on August 22 he was found hanged.

Alyaksandr Budnitski, 53. He disappeared in Minsk on August 11, his death was reported on August 31. According to the official version, he died from alcohol poisoning on August 12.

Alyaksandr Vikhor, 25. He died on August 12 after being detained by security forces in Homiel.

Henadz Kisel. 50 years. On August 12, he was killed by KGB guard Leanid Shtayd who stabbed him in the neck with scissors.

Kanstantsin Shyshmakou, 29, a election commission member in Vaukavysk. He is known to have refused to sign the official protocol. On August 15, he did not return home after work. On August 18 he was found dead; according to the Belarusian authorities, he committed suicide.

Artsyom Parukou, 19, a participant in the protests. On August 16, he was hit by a car on Partyzanski Avenue in Minsk.

Stanislau Chur, 31, a participant in the protests. On August 19, he hanged himself at the premises of Minsk Electrical Engineering Plant, where he worked.

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Syarhei Radchenya, 36. On September 18, he set himself on fire on the porch of the police department in the town of Smalyavichy. He passed away on September 25.

Dzyanis Kuznyatsou, 41. On September 29, he was taken to the emergency care hospital from the detention centre on Akrestsin Street in Minsk. The patient had numerous injuries an open craniocerebral trauma; he died on October 3 in hospital.

Raman Bandarenka, 31. On November 11, he was beaten and abducted from the Minsk-based ‘Square of Change’ by plainclothes people who were cutting off white-red-white ribbons in the offstreet yard. Then Bandarenka was taken to the neurosurgery unit from Tsentralny district police department where he spent about two hours. On November 12, the man slipped into a coma and died of severe head injuries.

Syarhei Shchatsinka, 57. He was detained on November 12 in the town of Asipovichy and then sentenced to 10 days in jail. According to his family, he contracted COVID-19 in the remand prison and died on December 11.

Vitold Ashurak, 50, a participant in the protests. He was arrested on September 19. In January, he was sentenced to five-year imprisonment. On May 21, the authorities informed the relatives of his death allegedly called by cardiac arrest.

Dzmitry Stakhouski, 18. He was accused of participating in ‘mass riots’ in August. On May 25, he committed suicide; in his note, he blamed the Belarusian Investigative Committee; its officers allegedly exerted pressure on him.

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