Ales Bialiatski nominated for Nobel Peace Prize again
This is the first time our compatriot
is put on the list of candidates for the prestigious prize for great
services before humanity. Among other candidates there are also
15-year old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai and the Russian human
rights defender Liudmila Aliakseyeva.
The deadline for the nominations for the Nobel Committee is 1 February. The full list of candidate is kept secret and can be published only in 50 years. The number of candidates can exceed 200 people, as it happened last year.
However, three names are known already. Two Norwegian MPs have nominated the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Ludmila Alekseyeva and the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.
"The both of them challenged the authoritarian state institutions and unlawful abuses of power", said one of the MPs, January Saner.
Mr. Bialiatski has been sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment for alleged large-scale tax evasion. In fact, the money in question were raised for support to victims of repressions. He also coordinated election monitoring campaigns.
Mr. Bialiatski is kept in the Babruisk colony. The Belarusian secret services continue the campaign of denigration against him and his colleagues. Nevertheless, it doesn't seem to mislead the people.