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The Interior Ministry will not appeal against the court ruling of September 12, which ordered nearly 2,900 rubles in damages for the brutal police raid on the apartment of Dzmitry Serada, according to the Ministry’s spokesperson.
“The compensations for the damage is fair and legitimate,” it said quoting Interior Minister Yury Karayeu.
Police broke into Serada’s apartment on August 4, 2016, breaking the door and window glass. The landowner was handcuffed and beaten, but was later released without a charge. His minor daughter had to seek psychological aid.
Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny will spend the coming two or three months in a punishment cell, human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has learned from a recent letter.
“Zhamchuzhny has just finished serving his previous penalty. And now again, he will be in solitary confinement for the next two or three months,” the activist said.
The prisoner writes that while in prison he has been penalized 65 times and has spent 500 days in punitive confinement.
Zhamchuzhny also thanked media for covering his poor health. He says that he has been finally seen by a doctor and visited by a representative of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
“Everything that was in the media proved to be true. I have written explanations on each violation and now I’m waiting for formal replies,” the prisoner said.
Viasna has released a short video about the daily life of union leader Henadz Fiadynich following a trumped-up charge and sentencing. As a result, the activist has been confined to his own apartment for four years.
Fiadynich faces numerous restrictions, including a ban on leaving his home after work and on days off.
“I’ll be happy when Sunday is over and Monday comes,” Fiadynich says.
He and his union associate Ihar Komilk will be under house arrest for another 36 months.