Police reject Alena Tankachova’s petition to mitigate entry ban
Human rights activist Alena Tankachova, who earlier wrote to the Minsk city department of internal affairs asking to reduce the period of her exile, has finally received a letter saying that her request was dismissed.
“Just received a response from the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Belarus to my request to reduce the period of the ban on entry into the Republic of Belarus. The petition is denied. The letter is dated February 15 – the day sanctions were lifted. In addition, they kindly warned about criminal responsibility for attempting to enter and remain on the territory of the Republic of Belarus for a period of up to three years in prison,” writes Alena Tankachova in her Facebook account.
The activist was deported as a result of a decision by the Pieršamajski district police department of Minsk. She can’t enter the country in the next three years. After she appealed against the decision, her stay in Belarus was extended until February 21. On that day, Alena Tankachova left the country for Lithuania. Russian-born human rights defender Alena Tankachova has lived in Belarus for 30 years. She has an apartment and work in Belarus.