Week 6, January 25-31

January 31st, 2011   Theme: Belarus

Minister of Internal Affairs, Anatol Kulasou, holds the first press conference since the elections. Oppositional candidate Uladzimir Niaklajeu and journalist Iryna Chalip are released from KGB jail.

January 25

Alaksandr Ulicionak, a journalist of the independent newspaper Free News, is called for questioning to the KGB office aswell as Alaksiej Valabujeu, activist from the town of Salihorsk.
Fiodar Marzijanau, a student of the Belarusian State Economic University is violently brought in for questioning by KGB. He has already spent 15 days in jail after getting arrested on December 19. A few hours later he is once more arrested, charged with “mass-riots” and remains in prison to date.

January 26

KGB is carrying out searches at the homes of democratic activists Vasil Palakou and Leanida Sudalenki in the town of Homiel. The officers confiscate computers, printers and some recordings.
State Social Service is threatening Alena Davidovič, from the Belarusian Christian Democracy, to take custody of her two children after her complaints of the election night frauds, filed at a local court.
Former journalist of the state youth newspaper Znamia Junosti, Aleś Laučuk, is arrested. He was fired after refusing to publish fabricated discrediting information on the opposition. He is accused of libeling his previous employer after having told openly about the falsifications after the elections.
A student who participated in the demonstration on December 19, 2010, Tacciana Hrybouskaja, a member of the youth organisation of the UCP Party, is expelled from the State Pedagogic University for political reasons.
Three additional democratic activists are being accused for mass-riots, among them Dzmitry Bulanau, Alaksandr Kviatkievic and Vasil Parfionkau. All of them are held in custody. Dzmitry Bulanau has already spent ten days in prison after the Election Day. Alaksandr Kviatkievic spent 12 days.
Natallia Iljinic, teacher in history in the village of Talk is fired from the school where she has worked for 25 years. Natallia Iljinic is a member of the BPF Party and the school administration has frequently warned her that her political activities might cause problem. A year ago, the Committee of Education in Minsk region forced all teachers who are members at any oppositional party or organization to leave it immediately. After the election, the KGB searched Natallia Iljinic’s flat and confiscated her computer.
The authorities start the process of cancelling the residence permit for Russian citizen Ivan Gaponov, who was arrested for participating in the demonstration after the elections. Ivan Gaponov has lived in Belarus since 1995.
Democratic activist from the town of Homiel, Ruslan Nikicienka, is informed by the KGB that further participation in oppositional events may result in criminal charges. After he spent ten days in prison, he was renamed a witness with regards to the mass-riots on December 19, 2010.
Minister of Internal Affairs, Anatol Kulasou, holds the first press-conference since the elections. He presents a report on the situation in the country and investigation about criminal cases after the elections. The minister states that he’s personally responsible for the crackdown on the election night. In his view, the brutal and violent arrests on December 19, 2010 were necessary to save peace and stability in Belarus. When asked by journalists about their harshly beaten colleagues (despite official accreditations) the minister called it the journalists’ fault and claimed that “some independent journalists were beating police officers with cameras during the demonstration.”

January 27

Andrej Vilkin, professor at Belarusian State Technical University is fired after participating in the demonstrations on December 19, and after 15 days in jail.
The Municipal Council in the town of Asipovicy is holding an extraordinary session with one issue on the agenda – to accuse Alaksiej Ciulkou, member of the Municipal Council, of immorality for being campaign coordinator to Vital Rymaseuski, presidential candidate for the Belarusian Christian Democracy.
Uladzimir Kobiec, chairman of Andrej Sannikau’s election campaign is released from KGB jail on recognizance not to leave. He is accused of mass-riots.
Siarhiej Niahacin, BPF and the Human Rights Defenders, is arrested in the town of Mahilou. He is accused of participating in an illegal event.
The authorities in the town of Mahilou states that a journalist from independent newspaper Babrujski Kurjer, who got arrested on January 17, will be in custody for another two months.
Siarhiej Kazakou, Europan Belarus, is arrested and brought to jail. The only information given by the Police is that his mobile phone was detected nearby the Independence Square during the demonstration of December 19, 2010.

January 28

The Migration and Citizenship Board in the town of Polack, informs Alaksandr Kalincau that the process of cancelling his permit of residence is beginning after his participation in a solidarity action. A Moldovan native, Kalincau got his permit of residence in 1995.
Siarhiej Kazakou, previously detained activist, European Belarus, is violently arrested on his way to work. He is transmitted to jail and charged with participating in a mass-riot.
Kastus Lukasou, geologist and campaign coordinator for oppositional candidate Ales Micalevic, Kastus Lukasou, is fired from his Institute.
Famous activist Arciom Dubski is questioned for seven hours at the KGB office and journalist from News agency Charter97, Natallia Radzina, is released from the KGB jail on recognizance not to leave. She is accused of mass-riots while she was broadcasting from the post-electoral arrests.

January 29

A group of unknown assault the flat of Ales Kirkievic, chairman of the local branch of the youth organization Malady Front (Young Front) in the town of Hrodna. Four officers search the flat and confiscate computers and other equipment. After some time, Ales Kirkievic is transmitted to the KGB jail in Minsk.
Oppositional candidate Uladzimir Niaklajeu and journalist Iryna Chalip are released from KGB jail. The prison confinement has been changed to house arrest. Two KGB officers will stay with them at all time, controlling every single step of the oppositional activists. They are not allowed to step outside their homes, to talk on the phone, read newspapers or use the Internet. Neither are they allowed to meet with any friends or even relatives, only with lawyer and, in Niaklajeu’s case, his wife. Niaklajeu is not allowed to get too close to the windows since that might be interpreted as communicating with journalists, resulting in his being transmitted back to jail.

January 30

Editor of the newspaper Tavaryshch, Andrej Vazniak, is released from KGB jail on recognizance not to leave, with a single condition — not to talk to journalists.
Young Democrats, youth organisation of the UCP party is holding their congress. KGB tries to prevent activists from participating. Later on, Alaksandr Sierhijenka gets arrested, sent to jail for seven days imprisonment.
People are gathering near the KGB building to protest and to show support and solidarity with arrested activists and oppositional politicians. Police brutally arrest seven people.

January 31

Activist and brother to one of the arrested in KGB jail, Cimafiej Atroscankau, is sentenced to nine days for participating in the demonstrations on December 19. His lawyer is not allowed to attend the hearing.
Seven previously detained participants in yesterday’s solidarity action close to the KGB building are charged with participating at an unauthorized event: Kasia Ludvik, Palina Kurjanovic, Maksim Viniarski all receive ten days in prison and Zmiecier Bojka, Alaksandr Iujeu, Leanid Kulakou are sentenced to a fine of 1.050.000 Belarusian roubles (approximately 265 euro).
Journlist of Radyjo Racyja, Barys Harecki, is released after spending 14 days in prison for participating in demonstration on the Election Day.
Viacaslau Daskievic, activist of European Belarus is fired from Shopping Centre Karona, Minsk, for participating in the demonstration and spending a consecutive 15 days in jail. The chief openly admittes the reason for the dismissal.
The KGB is carrying out searches at the home of democratic activist Zmicier Kaspiarovic. KGB officers confiscate Zmicier Kaspiarovic’s computer and other equipment.


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