Via ABC Belarus:
On May 27, 2011, the judge of Minsk’s Zavadski district court Zhanna Khvainitskaya sentenced Ihar Alinevich to 8 years in a medium security correctional facility. He serves his term in correctional facility No. 10 in Navapolatsk, which is famous for its strict rules. Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were charged with organising a procession near the Ministry of Defence, attacking Shangri La casino and the detention centre in Akrestsin Street as well as setting the doors of a Belarusbank office on fire.
The following is a short interview with Ihar’s mother, Valiantsina Alinevich, concerning his current condition:
How is Ihar?
He is in a new correctional facility, Vitba. He was transferred to the general unit from a quarantine unit in July. He sent a couple of letters and a postcard. He doesn’t write much focusing mostly on daily routine. Of course, the atmosphere and feelings are absolutely different in the new jail in comparison to the Navapolatsk correctional facility, which was situated close to oil refineries. They had emissions almost every day. Workers go home after their shift, but prisoners have to breathe in these poisons. This correctional facility was opened 50 years ago. It is good that it was closed. (more…)