Action of solidarity with political prisoner Andrzej Poczobut held in Warsaw

On September 25, a projection with the portrait of Andrzej Poczobut appeared on the Palace of Culture and Science in downtown Warsaw.

Palace of Culture and Science in downtown Warsaw, September 25, 2021. Photo: Belsat

In addition to the portrait, the words “Free Andrzej Poczobut” were displayed on the building.

Palace of Culture and Science in the center of Warsaw on September 25, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Political prisoner Andrzej Poczobut, journalist and public figure, board member of the independent Union of Poles in Belarus, has been behind bars for a year already because of the so-called Poles’ case.

On March 25, the law enforcement officers came to the apartment of Andrzej Poczobut. They searched the premises, detained the journalist, and took him to the Minsk detention center on Valadarski street. He was charged with “inciting religious and ethnic hatred” (Part 3 Article 130 of the Criminal Code), together with the chair of the Union of Poles Andżelika Borys and others. At the end of August Poczobut’s custody was prolonged for three months.

Political prisoner Andrzej Poczobut has already received three letters from Yury Vaskrasenski, but he refuses to write a petition for clemency to Alyaksandr Lukashenka. However, Vaskrasenski stated that he would still seek Poczobut’s release.

Poczobut responded that he had not authorized anyone to act in this way in his case, including Vaskrasenski.