Police inspector: “Go back to your Russia!”
Marina Dukmasova was detained during the silent
protest action on 6 July 2011
The following day the Maskouski District Court of Minsk found her guilty of
disorderly conduct and sentenced her to pay a fine. She appealed the verdict at
the Minsk City Court, and the – at the Supreme Court, but the initial sentence
was left standing.
Maryna pleads innocent, as far as she didn’t commit any hooligan actions. She calls the court verdict unlawful, and the testimonies of the witnesses – inadmissible, as they weren’t documented in a proper way.
However, her story acquired an unexpected continuation. The matter is that Dukmasova is a citizen of the Russian Federation who has a residence permit in Belarus. This circumstance was used by the Belarusian authorities to continue persecution.
The citizenship and migration department of the Maskouski District Police Bureau of Minsk sent her a letter dated 19 January. The woman was warned that the Law “On the legal situation of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship in the Republic of Belarus” provided the reasons for annulment of residence permits to foreign citizens including “repeated administrative punishment during a year during the stay in the Republic of Belarus”.
On 13 February the local police inspector paid a visit to the apartment where Marina Dukmasova lives. He held a rude “explanatory talk” with her. In particular, he threatened her with deportation, told her to go back to “her Russia” and made impolite remarks about Marina’s under-aged son and other insulting statements.
Such behavior of the police officer contradicts to order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs #1 “About polite and attentive attitude of police and military officers to citizens” and decreases the public trust to law-enforcement agencies. That’s why Marina Dukmasova decided to file a complaint against the policeman’s actions.