Valiery Lievanieuski insists that a chamber for believers be opened in Ivatsevichy prison and also proposes computer workshops be organized for the prisoners

2005 2005-09-28T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The leader of the Hrodna businessmen Valiery Lievanieuski who is now serving a sentence in Ivatsevichy Prison asks the administration to open a chamber for believers of various denominations. Uladzimir Levanieuski, the prisoner's son, told Radio Liberty about this initiative of his father.
According to Valiery Lievanieuski, most of the prisoners are atheists and those who believe in God are mostly Orthodox. However, there are quite a few Catholics, Protestants and representatives of other denominations. Valiery Lievanieuski himself is Catholic. The prisoner's son reminded that the father never was a staunch believer, however he went to church regularly. Their family celebrated the major religious holidays. In the prison Valiery Lievanieuski, just like other prisoners, developed a renewed interest in the religion, however, the prison does not have a place where a prisoner may pray without interference.
What was the attitude to the initiative of Valiery Lievanieuski in the administration of Ivatsevichy prison? An orthodox priests comes to see the believers, and on Sundays a representative of the Protestant denomination also comes, says the prison governor Ivan Luksha. The Prison Administration has authorized this. However, there is no special room.
By the way, the reference to the absence of a room was voiced earlier when Valiery Lievanieuski wanted a library to be opened in Ivatsevichy prison. The prisoner wrote many complaints to the management of the prison system and when a room was provided, he contributed to the provision of books. According to Valiery Lievanieuski, now the prison library has more than 1000 books.
Valiery Lievanieuski proposed to the administration computer courses be organized for the prisoners. He would assemble a computer himself. He may be an instructor. However, this initiative of the famous prisoner did not meet with support from the prisoner management.

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