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Ihar Alinevich faces another disciplinary punishment in correctional colony

2015 2015-08-12T16:32:19+0300 2015-08-12T16:32:20+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Ihar Alinevich

Ihar Alinevich

According to the information, reported to the Human Rights Center “Viasna” by the mother of Ihar Alinevich, Valiantsina Alinevich, the political prisoner is waiting for a decision about a new disciplinary punishment.

This time the leadership of the correctional colony “Vićba-3” clang to his clothing. The situation is as follows: once a month, all the prisoners iron their prison robes once a month. During this procedure they put sprotive costumes on. Last week, Ihar Alinevich was charged with not wearing his prison robe that day, that's why now he is waiting for a decision about another disciplinary penalty.

“The system of penalties is individually oriented: he is punished for what no one else is. Earlier he was punished in another way: there is the schedule of duties on cleaning the territory, the surname of the duty prisoner is written in pencil there. Then it is wiped, “Alinevich” is written instead, and he is punished for the alleged failure to come to the duty.

As a result of all these penalties, he was deprived of parcels and meetings. He can receive the next parcel only in February 2016, provided he wouldn't be deprived of it,” said the mother.

During his stay in “Vićba-3” Ihar Alinevich has been put in the punishment cell six times and spent there 70 days. At present he appeals the illegal actions of the colony administration against him, but it hasn't brought any results so far.

"Back in April 2014 the political prisoner applied to the prosecutor of the Viciebsk region, listing 35 points of violation of the prison conditions and prisoners' rights. He was returned the appeal and advised to file it to the Corrections Department of the MIA, but the special department of the colony didn't allow him to send the appeal. Therefore, he received no substantial answer,” says Valiantsina Alinevich.

Recently, July 27, 2015, Ihar Alinevich filed to the Corrections Department another appeal, against the actions of the head of his brigade Dzmitry Krasouski, who refused to present him the internal regulations of the colony, saying that they were “for official use only”. He hasn't received any answer yet.

Moreover, new restrictions and prohibitions are introduced in the colony. All Codes have been taken away from the prisoners, the juridical books are still banned. Many letters aren't delivered to Ihar Alinevich, especially from the abroad. The prisoners were prohibited to play football. The security requirements are violated: recently two people have seriously injuried their fingers during one week, working at a lathe.

Mr. Alinevich wrote about all these developments in the colony in his recent open letter.

Let us remind that May 27, 2011 Zavadski District Court of Minsk sentenced the activist of the anarchist movement Ihar Alinevich was sentenced to 8 years in a high-security correctional colony under Art.339, part 2, “malignant hooliganism”, Art. 218, parts 2 & 3, “property damage in a dangerous way on a large scale”. At first he was held in colony №10 in Navapolack, and in July 2014 was transferred to the colony “Vićba-3”.

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