Vitsebsk: wife received letter from Siarhei Kavalenka with two-week delay

2012 2012-02-02T16:24:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/kavalienka_aliena.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Alena Kavalenka

Alena Kavalenka

In the Vitsebsk pre-trial prison Alena Kavalenka was assured that there were no delays with the sending of letters and they were checked within the legally allowed term, three days. However, on 1 February she received a letter dated 17 January. In this letter the hunger-striker Siarhei Kavalenka wrote that he was subject to forced feeding.

Alena Kavalenka thinks that the letter could be delayed in order to prevent the spread of information about this fact in the media. Moreover, the prison censors crossed out many lines. Despite the frosty weather, Alena wasn't allowed to pass warm boots to his husband – Siarhei has to wear sneakers in the one-man prison cell.

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