Private house of human rights defender Uladzimir Malei robbed by unidentified people
On 9 April 2013, the private house of human rights defender Uladzimir Malei in Mazyr, where he has been living since the death of his mother, was robbed. The thieves broke in through a window.
They stole an electric plane and a set consisting of an electric drill, polishing machine and an electric fret-saw. They also took the order "Chernobyl Cross: Courage. Dignity. Humanity", awarded to the human rights defender by the all-Ukrainian Union Chernobyl of the Ukraine in 2011 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. In 1986 Mr. Tseliapun took part in the liquidation of the consequences of this man-caused accident.
"These days I have been in Homel, taking part in a meeting of activists of the campaign "For Fair Elections". My son phoned me at about 2 p.m. and told me about the broken window and the theft of the tools. It seems that his visit to the house hindered the thieves to steal anything else," stated Mr. Tseliapun. "Of course, the very fact is unpleasant. But the most disappointing thing is the disappearance of the "Chernobyl Cross" on the eve of 26 April, another anniversary of the national mourning in connection with the NPP accident," commented Uladzimir Tseliapun.
He also stated that similar thefts had taken place in the neighboring houses and said that he didn't believe the Belarusian security services were involved in this crime.