Wives of political prisoners state about increased pressurization of their husbands

2011 2011-11-01T17:02:55+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Iryna Khalip stated that the pressurization of her husband, ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, increased. “The regime won't stop at his liquidation”, she said. According to her, a man ill with tuberculosis was put in the same cell with Sannikau. He was also deprived of the opportunity to have a tete-a-tete meeting with his counsel. In addition, he was threatened with sending to another colony if the media continued writing about him. The authorities are trying to make Andrei Sannikau write an appeal for pardon.

Iryna Khalip also addressed Aliaksandr Lukashenka for the first time. “Everybody knows that you keep our husbands in jail because you are afraid of them. Prove that you are not afraid and release them.”
Maryna Adamovich told about the strict isolation of Mikola Statkevich, who is also pressurized because of the refusal to write a pardon appeal. “Anything can happen to me, but I won't sign it,” he said in a telephone talk with her.

“During four months the prison administration has been refusing to register our marriage. This shows the meanness and vileness of the present authorities,” sais Maryna Adamovich.

Volha Bandarenka said that her husband was very ill. “He is in a hard situation, in the danger of becoming an invalid. His blood pressure went up – he is being transferred in a quarantine brigade, there are no letters from him. It is terrible that our leaders are being killed in prisons,” says Volha Bandarenka.

The state of health of the head of the “Young Front”, Dzmitry Dashkevich, deteriorated as well. He is also pressurized – the authorities want him to write and appeal for pardon as well. This information was distributed by Andrei Bandarenka, head of the civil organization “Platform”, with reference to Nasta Palazhanka.

The wives of the political prisoners have prepared an appeal to the European Union, in which they ask not to ease the pressure on the Belarusian authorities, as “there is actually a humanitarian catastrophe instead of liberalization in Belarus”.