Political prisoner Yury Rubtsou gets a warning on stopping his hunger-strike

2015 2015-02-02T16:22:26+0300 2015-02-02T16:22:26+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/rubcou-00.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Yury Rubtsou

Yury Rubtsou

February 1, political prisoner Yury Rubtsou, who is serving a sentence in the open correctional facility No. 7 in the village of Kulin (Pruzhany district), stopped his hunger-strike.

First of all, he couldn't continue it under the medical rules of the correctional facility. Secondly, his demand to allocate for an hour of airtime for the opposition wasn't supported by the opposition itself.

On the same day Rubtsou received a warning under Article 415 of the Criminal Code for evading punishment. The prisoner considers it a complete nonsense, saying that one can in no way evade punishment being kept in a correctional facility.

Mr. Rubtsou says there is nothing strange in his demand to be paid the “average salary” of $ 600, as everyone wants to live a normal life. Prisoners have to pay for everything themselves. Besides, he needs to help his wife. Insisting on his innocence, Yury Rubtsou says that there is no need for his wife to live just for he pension, as he needs not just food, but also medicines and making various other payments. Being asked by Yury Rubtsou whether they believed in the average wage of $600, officers of the open correctional facility answered they believed it. “Then find me a job with such a wage,” told them the political prisoner. “I'm just asking for an average salary”.