Relatives receive no letters from Ihar Alinevich after publication of his book
In March the book by
the Belarusian political prisoner Ihar Alinevich "Going to
Magadan" ("Yedu v Magadan") was published in
The author used the form of diary to tell about the events which took place in Belarus at the end of 2010, his own arrest and keeping in the remand prison of the KGB, tells Radio "Liberty".
The official presentation of the book in Belarus will take place on 19 April. However, as soon as the press wrote about the publication o the book, Alinevich's letters stopped reaching his family. Neither have they received any telephone calls from him.
"The authorities are blankly against publicizing any information about our prison system and telling the truth about what is going on here. I can't tell how he managed to pass these diaries, but he did it. However, there has been no news from him since 19 March. Writing the truth is not that easy..., but Ihar has enough courage. He understood it all well enough when saying: Who will do it if I don't? If everyone will keep living in fear, nothing will change at all."
Bear in mind that on 27 Mary 2011 Zhana Khvainitskaya, Judge of Zavadski District Court of Minsk, sentenced Ihar Alinevich to 8 years in a high-security prison. He is serving his term in Navapolatsk colony #10. He, Mikalai Dziadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were found guilty of organizing a procession near the building of the Ministry of Defense, the assaults on "Shangri-La" casino and the delinquents' isolation center in Akrestsin Street and setting fire to the doors of a branch of "Belarusbank".