Astravets district: pressurization of Mikalai Ulasevich increases

2011 2011-12-15T17:49:55+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Socio-political activist Mikalai Ulasevich

Socio-political activist Mikalai Ulasevich

Some leaflets with libelous information concerning the activist of the civil initiative “Construction of Astravets Nuclear Power Plant is a crime!” Mikalai Ulasevich have been distributed in Ashmiany and Astravets. The leaflets are printed on behalf of the civil initiative “Nash Dom” and addressed to ordinary citizens. Mr. Ulasevich is declared a member of “Nash Dom” and accused of stealing some money, swindling. His honest civil activism is described as “chicanery and an opportunity to get good profits”.

At the end of November Mr. Ulasevich was hospitalized with a heart attack. As a result, the trial on the lawsuit of the local pro-governmental entrepreneur Andrei Dziatko, which was to have taken place on 30 November, was postponed. The pasquinade also tells people about the “thief Ulasevich” who “rests in hospitals at the people's expense”.

Regional human rights defenders have no doubts in the relatio of the local authorities to these leaflets and don't count on the assistance of police in finding their authors.

By the way, the real reason for the trial of Mikalai Ulasevich is his appeal against the abuse of office powers by the Chairman of the Astravets District Executive Committee, Adam Kavalko. The appeal was directed to the General Procuracy and the Security Council in April 2011. As a result, one of the persons mentioned in the appeal, Andrei Dziadko, who, to Ulasevich’s mind, repeatedly received preferences from Kavalko, sued Ulasevich.