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Political soldier Zmitser Khvedaruk threatened by penal battalion

2010 2010-01-27T19:34:25+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

After the commanding officers of the military unit were changed, unprecedented pressure on the young atavist is exerted.

Zmitser Khvedaruk, a Young Front activist forcibly drafted to the army, is threatened physical reprisal or sending him to a disciplinary battalion, Radio Racyja informs.

As said by Khvedaruk, the pressure increased last week, when the new commander of the military unit 18622 was appointed.

“Last week I was taken to Barysau hospital, but after I was told to make tests, I was not taken there, I was just released from work for a few days. I was not even admitted to a medical unit though I was coughing,” Khvedaruk said.

Beside that, the young activist told that over the last week threats of possible physical reprisal or sending him to a disciplinary battalion were heard by him from different persons: “You will serve here much more than a year an a half”, they said.

We remind that on January 28, 2009, Zmitser Khvedaruk was forcefully taken to a military enlistment office and then to a jail in Akrestin Street allegedly for serving punishment for taking part in a demonstration on May 1, 2008. It was found out later that there was no court decision. Nevertheless, Khvedaruk had to spend 2 days in jail. Handcuffed, he was guarded to policlinic #14 for a medical examination. The medical board found him fit for military service, though he had had a surgery on a vine a month before and had a number of chronic diseases.

Handcuffed, the “Young Front” activist was taken to military barracks in Zhodzina, though he was a student of Theological College and had an exemption from military service. He didn’t have a medical record and an identification document during the medical examination. Forcefully drafted Khvedaruk was taken to hospital several times. He was found diseases that give his a right not to serve in the army, but the youth activist has been sent to the military unit again.

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