Belarus

The Bielski Brothers Jewish Resistance and the "Otriad" - Carmelo Lisciotto

An account of the resistance organisation led by the Bielski brothers, whose actions were the inspiration for the film 'Defiance' (2008).

Hundreds detained after massive wave of repression in Belarus

March 25 was planned by some liberal opposition leaders as the day of the biggest protest against Lukashenko’s policies this year, the biggest in the wave of recent anti-government demonstrations that started in February this year. It ended with the biggest police mobilization in years bringing thousands of riot cops to Minsk and detaining hundreds of people before and during the demonstration. Last Saturday, the capital of Belarus looked like a war zone created by the police.

Dozens of anarchists arrested in Belarus after anti-government protests

Today in three major cities of Belarus – Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno – people took the streets protesting against government attempts to collect tax off the unemployed (details of the story HERE). In Minsk, demonstrations managed to gather more that 1 500 people, in Mogilev and Grodno 1 000 each. These are the biggest protests those cities have seen in decades. It is worth mentioning that most of the protesters are far from major political powers in the country and do not align with any opposition stream, rather prefer to point out the hard economical conditions and results of 24 years of Lukashenkos rule.

Mikalai Dziadok cuts his abdomen and arms in prison in Belarus

Mikalai Dziadok protested against tortures by prison staff.

Viasna human rights centre learnt it from Valeria Khotsina, the wife of
the political prisoner.

Belarusian anarchist political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich released

He will be under police supervision for 6 months after the release.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich, who served his term in No. 22 Ivatsevichy correctional colony, was released early in the morning of 3rd September. His mother and activists from the opposition organisation met him outside the prison. He will go to Navapolatsk to register with the police.

New short films on Belarusian anarchist political prisoners Ihar Alinevich and Mikalaj Dziadok, Mikalaj transferred to high-security prison

Two new short films with English subtitles dedicated to Belarusian anarchist political prisoners have been released as part of the Belarusian series "Chronicles of the times of courts", one is dedicated to Ihar Alinevich and the other to Mikalaj Dziadok.

Pavel Syramolatau is free

We’re glad to announce that after 620 days in prison Pavel Syramolatau
was released from prison by president pardon on September 27th. Pavel
was arrested on January 17th 2011 due to attack on KGB building in
Bobruisk, which was announced as solidarity action with anarchists
arrested in Minsk in September 2010.

Bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross - Belarus. Spring - Summer 2012.

Anarchist Black Cross - Belarus.  Spring - Summer 2012 bulletin cover.

The bulletin explains the background to the arrest at the end of 2010 and consequential imprisonment of Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Syramolatau, Aliaksandr Frantskievich and Jauhen Vas’kovich.

An update on the situation of Belarusian anarchist prisoners

*Mikalai Dziadok* (4,5 years) is finishing his 3rd month in a solitary
cell after having refused to work on Saturdays. Work is obligatory in
Belarusian penal colonies, but is regulated by the Labour Code, which
prescribes that a person shouldn't work more than 40 hours a week.
Mikalai was forced to work more on Saturdays, but refused to do so. He
was punished with 6 months of solitary confinement on June 1st. During
this period he is deprived of all dates, phone calls and food supply
from the outside.

Silent revolution in Belarus

The situation in Belarus is now getting closer to the one that was during the elections in December 2010 but now it seems to be more massive and popular.