Political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou to be released today
The participant of the post-election
protests of 19 December 2010 Vasil Parfiankou is to be released on 9
February. At present he is serving an arrest term in the remand
prison in Baranavichy.
During the electoral campaign-2010 Vasil was an active participant of the civil campaign "Tell The Truth", was an activist of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu, collected signatures and agitated in his support.
Mr. Parfiankou was detained on 4 January 2011 in Minsk on suspicion in relation to the "mass riot" of 19 December 2010. Three days after the detention he was transferred to the pre-trial prison in Valadarski street in Minsk as a figurant of a criminal case brought under Article 293 of the Criminal Code.
On 17 February 2011 the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk sentenced him to 4 years in a high-security prison. He was serving his term in Orsha. On 17-27 July he was kept in the penal cell for "violation of the standards of clothing". On 11 August he was pardoned by Aliaksandr Lukashenka and released from jail.
However, on 29 May 2012 the judge of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk Siarhei Bandarenka sentenced Vasil Parfiankou to 6 months of arrest under Article 421 of the Criminal Code, "violation of the regime of preventive surveillance", established over him on 5 January 2012. The reason for the establishment of the preventive surveillance was Vasil's active participation in the socio-political life of the country.
On 24 July the Minsk City Court dismissed the cassation appeal of Vasil Parfiankou against the arrest. On 9 August 2012 Vasil Parfiankou was put under arrest.
As noted by human rights defenders, the question of his release on parole was considered in December 2012, but Mr. Parfiankou was denied early released as he "didn't mend his ways and continued violating the prison regime". During the time of his arrest he wasn't allowed to phone his relatives even once. They received information about him only through letters and his counsel.
The release of two more prisoners, Zmitser Dashkevich and Pavel Seviarynets is expected to happen this year too.