Lyudmila Basharymava: Syarhei didn't know why he was jailed until charges were brought
11:26, — Politics
The mother of estate agent Syarhei Basharymau from Minsk had the first meeting with him in the KGB jail.
Lyudmila Basharymava learned her son didn't know why he was jailed until charges were brought against him, Radio Svaboda reports.
“He was alone in the visiting room. We were talking on the phone, but our conversation was controlled. On the other hand, we have no secrets. He still says he is not guilty. There are many people working for his company. Any of them could have found himself in his place.
Now he knows the situation. At the beginning, he did not know the charges, didn't know the plane violated the border. He didn't know anything. He saw something on TV, but he receives little information. He has no newspapers there.
He is allergic. He suffers when someone smokes. He says he is taken for walks and the food is okay. It's bad that he cannot read what he wants. He cannot learn languages, because one cannot pass books to inmates. He looks good. On one hand, I feel calmer now, but on the other hand, I left the jail and couldn't move,” she says.
As charter97.org reported, a Swedish light plane overflew the Belarusian border on July 4 and dropped teddy bears with pro-free speech leaflets over the village of Ivyanets and outskirts of Minsk. The Belarusian authorities refused to admit the fact of the flight until July 26 saying “an inquiry was under way”. Meantime, photographer Anton Surapin, who published photos of teddy bears near Ivyanets on the Internet, and estate agent Syarhei Basharymau, who rented an apartment in Minsk to the Swedish citizens, were detained. The young men were charged with aiding illegal border crossing. Both may face up to 7 years in prison.