Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich put in solitary confinement on his birthday
activist of the anarchist movement Ihar Alinevich who is serving his
prison term in the Navapolatsk penitentiary, was put in solitary
confinement on his birthday, 24 September.
As stated to Radio “Liberty” by his mother Valiantsina Alinevich, on 4 October she had a short-term meeting with him. Ihar told her that on 24 September, when he turned 30 years old, he was visited by his counsel.
Immediately after the meeting with him a duty officer came and said that Ihar was punished with solitary confinement for not coming to work that day. As a result, Ihar spent his birthday in the penal cell.
The peculiarity of the situation is that Alinevich, as well as some other prisoners, was admitted to the Vocational School of Sewers, and the prisoners who study are freed from work. However, after Alinevich was released from the confinement cell, he was expelled from the school without any explanations.
Moreover, after this he stopped receiving letters and newspapers.
Several activists of the anarchist movement was detained in September 2010 for taking part in the protest actions which were qualified as an attack on the building of the state agencies. The youngsters were sentenced to long prison term on charges of holding a number of political actions, including an assault on the Embassy of Russia in Minsk in August 2010.
Ihar Alinevich received the largest prison term, 8 years, and is serving it in the Navapolatsk penitentiary.