Belarus is more liberal than ever: political prisoners still exist, while Nazis are amnestied

2009 2009-07-08T17:11:12+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A leaders of Homel structure of the Russian National Unity (RNU) in Homel Andrei Nestsiarovich returned to his native city after two years on the run.

The member of the radical Russian neo-Nazi organization must have served a term of punishment in correction facilities. The press service of Homel oblast KGB department reported about this. But KGB officers accused the activists of the RNU chauvinistic organization of violation of Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code (activity or organization activity on behalf of an unregistered organization), though this article is traditionally used by the authorities to suppress active representatives of the democratic youth. The young neo-Nazi could get a serious term of punishment even in Belarus. For example, Article 130, part 3 of the Criminal Code of Belarus envisages 5-12 of jail for stirring up race, national, or religious hatred committed by a group of persons. He only faced shaking finger at him for activity without registration.

Nestsiarovich has some rather serious offences in his biography. In 2006, he beat a guy who was trying to clean a central Homel street from RNU stickers. The whole town was covered with RNU extremist leaflets. The police appeared at the site of the incident after some seconds. Nestsiarovich, the initiator of the fight, got a fine and arrest, though he behaved in a very aggressive way and was shouting insults. It was found out at the trial that the RNU activist had been spreading xenophobic literature.

In late 2006, Homel oblast KGB department instigated a criminal case against two activists of right radical RNU. One of them, Mikhail Yukauchuk, served the full term of 6-month arrest under article 193-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus. Andrei Nestsiarovich didn’t appear at the trial. He is said to have been hiding in neighboring Russia. Andrei Nestsiarovich has returned home recently after eh learnt about the oncoming amnesty in honor of the 65th anniversary of liberation of Belarus from Nazi troops. The trial over him went unnoticed in Homel; the verdict didn’t take effect because of the amnesty. Nestsiarovich, dressed in black military uniform, can be seen in the center of Homel. Judging by his appearance, his views haven’t changed for the years of hiding from the Belarusian justice.

A Homel anti-fascist, who preferred not to tell his name, told Belorusski Partizan an interesting detail about the RNU branch in Homel. The Russian organization denies their structure is officially represented in Homel. It seems that a strange organization with direct relation to the KGB operates in the town. This information may be true as there are serious grounds to suspect the Russian RNU structures of cooperation with the Belarusian secret services.