A journalist, who was permitted to travel abroad, came to the Partyzanski district police department for a check.
In the office of the chief of the corrections department, she met Alyaksandr Kupchenya, the deputy head of the supervision and corrections department at Minsk’s main police department.
“Instead of giving me the registration book for a signature, Kupchenya asked when exactly I left,” Iryna khalip told charter97.org. “I explained I hadn’t set the exact date to visit my husband, because my child fell ill. Kupchenya spoke in a loud voice:
‘They opened the border for you, but you don’t go? You should admit that you didn’t plan to go abroad. You didn’t expect you would be allowed to go. But you were allowed contrary to your expectations. Go then! Take your child, get political asylum and don’t return here! We don’t need you here! You only distort facts!’
It was clear that the foaming at the mouth lieutenant colonel was repeating someone else’s words. Didn’t he understand he was committing a gross violation of the law and the duty regulations? He threatened to me and instigated to violate the rules of serving the sentence. He did it not somewhere on the street, but in the corrections department while he was on duty. It’s clear now that they just want to expel me from the country, like it was with dissidents in the USSR. If such insignificant officials are allowed to instigate me, it means they were given carte blanche by top officials. I will probably file a complaint to the prosecutor’s office and the interior minister. Perhaps there are no elements of crime in Kupchenya’s actions, but there are more than enough grounds for an official investigation,” the journalist thinks.
By the way, Alyaksandr Kupchenya said in an interview with Novaya Gazeta’s Elena Racheva in the middle of October:
“If Khalip was not explained the rules of serving her sentence, she can apply again and get explanations. No changes in the conditions of serving her sentence are possible.”