Vaznyak describes conditions in KGB jail as 'very harsh'

2011 2011-01-31T17:20:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Siarhei Vaznyak, editor-in-chief of Tavarysh (Comrad) newspaper and a member of Central Committee of Belarusian Leftist Party "Fair World", has described as 'very harsh' the conditions in the KGB pre-trial detention center. Vaznyak was a campaign worker for candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu during the 2010 presidential campaign.

He is among 37 people charged with taking part in mass riots on December 19 in Minsk. In the evening of January 29, Vazniak was relased under the written undertaking not to leave the country, after 41 days in KGB.

"I remain a suspect. I am not allowed to leave the territory of Belarus. I can leave Minsk only upon investigator's approval. My passport was not returned", Siarhei Vaznyak told Belapan. He clarified that he is allowed to talk to journalists, but he signed a non-disclosure statement.

During the first two weeks, Vaznyak was in a double-bed cell which accommodated six people. Later, he shared a similar cell with five people. "This was not a targeted policy against me. Everyone felt bad. The jail is overcrowded. It is not fair to keep suspects who can still be acquitted in such conditions in the 21st century", says Vaznyak.

"My health was usual. I read books", says Siarhei. "I made one phylosophycal conclusion: in order to realize the beauty of paradise, one needs to stay in hell at least for a short period of time".