Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich declared “malignant violator”
The activist of the anarchist movement, who is
serving his sentence in the Navapolatsk colony, wrote it in a letter to his
“Now I am a “malignant offender”. I have been deprived of the short-term meeting (thus, we won't see each other in July). There are also other violations, which will lead to hardening of the conditions of my imprisonment.”
Ihar Alinevich was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment for participation in assaults on various buildings, which was described as protest actions at the website of the anarchist movement.
Ihar Alinevich didn't plead guilty. Apart from Alinevich, the status of “malignant offenders” was given to the former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, the leaders of the “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich and Eduard Lobau and the activist of the Conservative-Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka.
Human rights defenders believe that the authorities use various methods of pressurization on the political prisoners in order to extort clemency petitions from them.