Cruel sentences for the participants of the “Pinsk riots”; the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media is deeply shocked by the situation in Belarus; best doctors are repressed and people are arrested for putting lamps at the church
30 April 2021 | Voice of Belarus
In Brest, 14 participants of the “Pinsk riots” have been handed down their verdicts
The court announced the verdict on the case of mass riots on the night of 9–10 August in Pinsk. The court considered all 14 individuals involved in the “Pinsk riots” guilty and punished them with sentences ranging from 5.5 to 6.5 years in a penal colony of general or enhanced regime.
Among the accused was a married couple from Pinsk Siarhei and Alena Maushuk. According to the investigation, on the night of 9–10 August, the woman approached the line of security officials and used her hands and a wooden stick to hit their shields. Her husband was accused of throwing a stick at them. They received 6 and 6.5 years in prison respectively. Siarhei and Alena have underage children who may end up in an orphanage. During the trial, when the prosecutor asked to sentence Alena to 6 years in prison, she wrote in a notebook: “I will hang myself.”
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media: “I am deeply shocked by the situation in Belarus”
The representatives of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and Belarusian Media met with Teresa Ribeiro, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. “The situation is that any media outlet can be destroyed within a week. And all of this is being done as if within the framework of the legislation,” Ribeiro noted.
Today it became known that the editor-in-chief of the Baranavichy newspaper Intex-press Uladzimir Yanukevich will go to trial for the second time for his interview with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. This time he is charged with an administrative case for disseminating banned information in the media. On 29 April, the authorities recognized the interview with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and its video recording as extremist materials.
American diplomats reminded about the double standard in connection with the picket near the US Embassy
People with red-green flags held a picket at the American embassy. They condemn the United States for the involvement in organizing a coup in Belarus.
The US Embassy commented on the picket as follows: “Today, the authorities allowed peaceful demonstrators supporting the regime to gather outside the US Embassy. Once again, we welcome the peaceful protest. Peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators also need to ensure the right to freedom of assembly without the fear of repressions. The double standard is striking.”
A head physician was fired for his signature in support of Viktar Babaryka during the election campaign
The chief physician of the capital children’s hospital and a famous children’s resuscitator Maksim Acharetny, was dismissed from his job. The doctor said that the main reason for his dismissal was his signature in support of Babaryka during the election campaign. Another complaint, he said, was about the fact that he had recruited previously dismissed Rustam Aizatulin and Andrei Vitushka.
It was Maksim Acharetny who launched the flash mob “I’ll be at work. Please stay home” in Belarus.
Vitsebsk women received 24 hours of arrest for lamps near the church on 26 April
According to police reports, on the evening of 26 April, Maria Amasovich and Lizaveta Kiryenka staged an unauthorized picket when they lit two red lamps on the steps of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Vitsebsk. The young women were arrested and sent to the detention centre.
In court, Amasovich and Kiryenka pleaded not guilty. They explained that they had lit the lamps to honor the memory of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster.
The judge found the girls guilty and sentenced Lizaveta Kiryenka to 10 days of arrest and Maria Amasovich to 20 days.