List of political prisoners

2015 2015-12-01T18:00:00+0300 2016-08-11T14:30:35+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

Mikhail Zhamchuzhny is a human rights activist, who was sentenced on 10 July 2015 to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony under strict regime. The sentence pronounced by the Viciebsk Regional Court also includes a ban on holding positions related to the implementation of organizational and administrative duties for a period of 2 years and 8 months. A number of key human rights organizations declared the convict a political prisoner.

He is serving his sentence in the town of Navasady.

Address: PK-14, detachment No. 18, barrack No. 181. Station Navasady, Barysaŭ district, Minsk region. 222125

Uladzimir Kondrus

Uladzimir Kondrus was born in 1977 in Rudziensk. He graduated from local school No. 1. Then he went to Minsk to enter the Belarusian State Economic University. Kondrus graduated with a degree in economics, but never worked as an economist. It is known that for a few years after leaving university, Uladzimir lived in Rudziensk, but worked in the capital. He then moved to Moscow to work in the IT-sphere. Kondrus eventually returned to Rudziensk to live at his parents’ house.

Independent journalists identified him in the photographs from the rally on Freedom Day in Minsk on March 25, 2016 and compared them to the photos, in which he looked like an active participant in the events at the Government House on December 19, 2010. Reporters also suggested that he could play the role of a provocateur.

On June 14, he was taken into custody and placed in detention center No. 1 of Minsk, as part of a preliminary investigation for his alleged involvement in the riots at the Government House during the presidential elections in 2010. Uladzimir Kondrus is charged under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (‘rioting’).

On December 20, 2011 the court of Lieninski district of Minsk fined him 30 basic units for participation in an unauthorized mass event (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code), a picket in memory of the anniversary of the demonstration of 19 December 2010.

Uladzimir Kondrus is under investigation in detention center No. 1.

Address: jail No. 1, 2 Valadarski Street, Minsk, 220030

Viasna's statement on the recognition of Uladzimir Kondrus a political prisoner

Guidelines on the definition of a political prisoner

Mikhail Zhamchuzhny
Uladzimir Kondrus