The Polish consul was asked to leave the country; the Russian ambassador refused to meet with the Coordination Council; Belarusians, who received help to pay fines from funds, became defendants in a criminal case; a video showing protesters being marked with paint has come out
9 March 2021 | Voice of Belarus
The Russian ambassador explained why he refused to meet with the Coordination Council
The Russian ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev said that he had received a request from the Coordination Council (CC) for a meeting to determine areas of cooperation with the Russian Federation. The diplomat refused the invitation and stated that he does not understand what the Constitutional Council is. According to Mr Mezentsev: “These are people whom no one has ever elected, people who are not endowed with the trust of millions of voters.”
The Russian ambassador compared the Council to one of the public associations, like the “society of book lovers”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus asked the Consul of the Consulate General of Poland in Brest to leave the country
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus asked the Consul of the Consulate General of Poland in Brest Jezy Timofeuk to leave the territory of Belarus. On 28 February, he took part in an unofficial event dedicated to the “Day of the Damned Soldiers”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that this is “a gross violation of the obligations of the Polish side to prevent the glorification of Nazism”.
The head of the KGB started to instil the fear of provocations
The head of the KGB of Belarus Ivan Tsertsel expects another surge of protesters on the eve of Freedom Day on 25 March. As he informed Lukashenko, there are plans to destabilize the situation in the country alongside the growth of terrorist threats “from the territory of neighbouring states”. After this meeting, he spoke to journalists about “subversive centres”, “interested political circles” and about the detention of a group of people with weapons.
Meanwhile, representatives of opposition parties and associations have submitted an application to the Minsk City Executive Committee today to celebrate Freedom Day.
Belarusians who received financial help to pay fines for violation of Art. 23.34 became defendants in a criminal case
A criminal case has been started against several members of the By_Help team. The people who received financial help from By_Help to cover their fines are summoned for questioning to the Department of Financial Investigations and the Investigative Committee. The representative of the Committee asks questions about who has paid the fines and how.
The doctor found guilty on “0 ppm” case will return to work
Artsem Sarokin, an anesthesiologist at the Minsk Emergency Hospital, who was found guilty on the “0 ppm” case, is coming back to work on 16 March. The doctor is at home now. He took some days off to spend some time with his family and recover after a long stay in prison.
Doctor Artsiom Sarokin and TUT.BY journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich were accused of divulging medical secrets about the state of the deceased Raman Bandarenka. On 2 March, the doctor was sentenced to two years in prison with one year of delay, while the journalist got six months in jail. She remains in the detention centre.
Today the transplantologist Dzmitry Harkau has announced his resignation from the Minsk Scientific and Practical Center of Surgery, Transplantology and Hematology. In this way, he wanted to express solidarity with Uladzimir Martau, the head of the intensive care unit of the Vitebsk Emergency Hospital, whose contract was not renewed.
The regime continues to cripple people’s lives
Another confirmation of police atrocity in the summer of 2020 is confirmed by a new video published by BYPOL. The footage shows that the detainees were marked with paint. This way was used by the police to identify the detainees and to indicate the way they should be treated. A similar practice was used in the Nazi concentration camps.
Aliaksandra Patryasaeva is a political prisoner, who is being tried in Minsk. She is accused in a criminal case of organizing and participating in mass riots. She is charged with erecting barricades, throwing firecrackers and disobeying the legal demands of the authorities on the night of 10-11 August and in the following days. The defendant explained to the court that she was at the protest to provide medical assistance to the victims of the actions of the security forces – to treat wounds and give painkillers.
The first time Aliaksandra Patryasaeva was detained in Minsk was on the night of 10-11 August. She was in Akrescina prison for three days, where, according to her, she was tortured. Aliaksandra claimed she was humiliated, insulted, and threatened to rape. She also tried to submit an application to the Investigative Committee but was refused admission.
Aliaksey Lapa, a Hrodna taxi driver, crossed the Belarusian-Lithuanian border and asked for political asylum in Lithuania. During the arrest, Aliaksey was severely beaten by the riot police. Later on, a criminal case was opened against the man for violence against police officers. On 3 March, he was supposed to be tried in the Aktiabrsky district court of Hrodna and await the judge’s verdict. The Hrodna resident was sure that he would be imprisoned, so he decided to flee the country.
For more information on the events of 9 March 2021, please visit Infocenter Free Belarus 2020: