Olga Zakharenko: "If Yura is dead, let them say it" 17:12, 04/08/2003, Maryna Koktysh, `Narodnaja volia`
The wife, children and grandson of Yury Zakharenko made up their mind not to return to Belarus. This news was announced by the chief of public organization ‘Legal help for population’ Oleg Volchek who recently has been to Germany visiting Zakharenko family. “Olga Borisivna has decided that daughters and grandson would feel better and - -what is the most important - safer in Berlin than in Belarus, - Oleg told. – Zakharenko’s wife doesn’t hope to learn the details of her husband’s abduction under this ‘reign”, doesn’t trust the new investigator, saying that nothing depends on him.”
‘I’m ready to anything: if Yura is dead, let them say it… - -Olga Borisovna says. - -I can’t bear when they are lying and keeping silence.”
‘Some their close friends tell that they live in Berlin in a very luxury 3-storeyed cottage, drive expensive cars, but I know that Zakharenko family is in a very difficult financial state, they have to cut down their expenditures, - -Oleg said. – When I came there was no light in the house, the electricity was cut for non-payment.
Yury Zakherenko’s grandson is already four. He speaks German and Russian very well and doesn’t remember that he had lived in Belarus. Olga Borisovna says that her grandson is the only source of joy in her life. “Without him I would drive crazy”
Olga Zakharenko is going to sell her flat in Minsk, but it’s impossible to do it until Yury Zakharenko is recognized dead.
“The Supreme Court’s chairman keeps the criminal lawsuit for two months already, - says Volchek. - -He decides if it’s worth to recognize Zakharenko dead or not. Although according to Belarusian laws, if a person is absent more than for three years, he must be recognized dead. To my mind, the authorities are just mocking at the family of this man.”
Yury Zakharenko’s mother is not going to move to her daughter-in-law. “I will wait for Yura at home,” - -she repeats.