Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich phoned home several hours before the New Year
The activist of the anarchist movement
Ihar Alinevich managed to phone home and congratulate his relatives
on the New Year literally several hours before the advent of
"My son was allowed to make a telephone call in the afternoon on the 31 December. He said that he was alright, that everything was like it used to be. He reads much. He said they would drink tea to mark the New Year. Earlier he wrote that the most memorable was the New Year in the pre-trial prison of the KGB. All cell-mates gathered at the table there and even sang songs. But it was in the KGB prison, and in the penal colony there is another regime."
Ihar Alinevich is serving a prison term in the Navapolatsk colony. As we have reported, the prisoners could have some troubles with warm clothes: they were not allowed to put on sweaters and other warm things under the prison uniform, while the uniform was too thin to save them from the cold. Uladzimir Alinevich says that at present his son "is dressed normally, there were no complaints from him".
Ihar Alinevich was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment for assaults on official buildings, which he denies.