Rechytsa: Activist’s Fine Exacted from His Little Daughter’s Bank Account

2007 2007-06-08T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


Rechytsa bank department #323 of Belarusbank has secretly taken 539 000 rubles (about 250 US dollars) out from the account of 11-year-old Lida Shabetnik. The girl gets allowance from the state after the death of her mother.

The father of the 11-year-old girl, chair of the regional branch of the Social democratic party (Hramada) Aleh Shabetnik said that no one from the bank representatives could explain him why the money had been collected from his daughter’s account. They only told that the money was taken as a fine, Radio Liberty informs.

In February Aleh Shabetnik was in his absence sentenced to a fine 1 550 000 rubles ($720) for transporting materials of a statutory meeting of the Union of left parties and 5 copies of a bulletin About cult of Lukashenka’s personality though Ukrainian-Belarusian border.

Customs officers, and after that the court have made a conclusion that ‘information in the confiscated printed materials belonging to A.Shabetnik, could harm political interests and state security of the Republic of Belarus. It is banned for transporting through the customs border of Belarus.’

The activist didn’t refuse to pay the fine. Starting from March he transferred 200 000 rubles each month to the account stated by the court decision. He couldn’t transfer more because of his financial situation. Though the Belarusian law prohibits collecting ‘payments to the state from families with children’, it looks like some people had decided to speed up collection of the fine at the sake of an underage daughter of the activist.