Political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich still kept in solitary confinement

2012 2012-12-10T16:12:21+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich started to prepare for Christmas in a maximum security prison in Hrodna.

Anastasiya Palazhanka, Zmitser Dashkeivch's fiancée, says he is still kept in solitary confinement. “He is allowed to walk more often. I hope he already saw the first snow. The main thing is that he started to prepare for Christmas,” Anastasiya Palazhanka, who recently received a letter from the political prisoner, told RFE/RL.

“He started to send Christmas wishes to people. A lot of people, several hundreds, write him. I know that he sent over 200 postcards last year. He plans to do the same this year. I'd like to note that he cannot write all people, but I know exactly he appreciates every letter.”

The “Young Front” leader Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to an additional year in prison in August for alleged “failure to obey prison staff”. He was transferred to a maximum security prison in Hrodna a month ago as a “persistent violator of the prison rules”.