Andrei Klimau Marks His 6th Birthday Behind Bars
On September 17th Andrei Klimau turns 42. On August 1st Centralny court of Minsk sentenced the former member of the 13th Supreme Soviet to two years of jail for calls against the government. This is the first case in Belarus when a political prisoner gets to a high security prison. Earlier Klimau spent about five years behind bars. This is already the third term the politician is serving.
In 1998 – 2002 Andrei Klimau spent four years behind bars on the charge of an economic crime. From September 2005 to December 2006 he did 15 months in a corrective labor institution for organizing a street protest on March 25th in Minsk.
This year Andrei Klimau was arrested on April 3rd. Yesterday pro-democratic activists held an action "Happy Birthday Andrei Klimau" near the main post office in Minsk.