Political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich put into penal cell for 10 days

2012 2012-08-06T17:34:29+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The political prisoner refused to fulfill an order of the penal colony authorities.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich was thrown to a punishment cell for disobedience to orders, RFE/RL learned from his mother Tatsiana Frantskevich.

The political prisoner serves his term in a penal colony in Ivatsevichy (the Brest region).

Earlier, Frantskevich refused to apply for a pardon.

Tatsiana Frantskevich said on 19 July: “Prisoners who talk to Aliaksandr in the penal colony have faced pressure. They were forbidden to talk to him. It is done to isolate him, to keep him without contacts and friends. He wrote in a letter and repeated on the phone that he would not sign a pardon application.”

Aliaksandr Frantskevich marked his 22nd birthday on 6 May. He was to have had a long-term meeting with his mother on his birthday, but the prison administration canceled it. Frantskevich was deprived of a considerable sum of monetary aid – he is now allowed to receive only 100,000 rubles per month instead of 500,000 rubles.

Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were tried in the so called anarchists case. They were sentenced to 8, 4.5 and 3 years in prison respectively.