21 August 2019, Wednesday, 15:33
We are in the same boat

Military enlistment office unlawfully put oppositionist on list of restricted to travel abroad


On Tuesday, “Young Front” activist from Homel Andrei Tsyanyuta received a notice by mail on temporary restriction to leave Belarus.

The notice signed by city military commissar Vyachaslau Tsatsaryn says that departure was restricted on the ground of decision #1033 of July 27 “in relation with a failure to appear before the drafting board,“ Radio Svaboda reports.

We remind that 22-year-old Andrei Tsyanyuta was summoned to the military enlistment office on July 24. The youth activist didn’t go to the enlistment office, but sent a notice proving he was a third year distant student of Bryansk Agricultural Academy that gives him the right for determent.

Andrei Tsyanyuta is going to appeal against the decision on restriction to leave Belarus in the regional enlistment office.

It should be noticed that the so called political drafting campaign has recently started in the country.

Zmitser Zhaleznichenka was the first youth activist to be forcefully drafted into the army. The activist of “The BPF Youth” from Homel was called up for military service on January 25, 2008. The oppositionist was expelled from Homel State University two times. He was an A-level student and didn’t miss classes without good excuse. The activist appealed to court against his first expulsion in September 2007 and was reinstated to the university on January 16, but was expelled again in four days and drafted into the army.

In January 2009, “Young Front” activists Ivan Shyla and Zmitser Khvedaruk as well as leader of “The BPF Youth” Franak Vyachorka faced a similar situation. The youth activists were called up in spite of medical contra-indication.