22 January 2018, Monday, 9:00

KGB shows interest in students’ foreign trips

A student of the Sakharov University Inna Panchkouskaya was called to the Department of Education of the Partisan District in Minsk.

The formal reason was to find out why the girl wanted to get a second higher education in the BSU. But at the meeting the KGB agents, who were disguising as the Department of Education’s officials, asked about the student’s foreign travels, spring96.org reports.

Three weeks ago a police officer talked to Inna’s mother. As the girl wasn’t home herself the policeman asked the relative to tell her that she was a witness of some fight. In the reality Inna Panchkouskaya didn’t see any fight and wasn’t a witness of any law violations.

In some time the university’s administration started to pay increased attention to the girl. She wanted to acquire a second higher education degree in the Belarusian State University. That is why she addressed the dean’s office and the university’s administration asking to allow her to study in a different institution at the same time as the procedure requires. First the student’s application was transferred form one cabinet to another, but later the university’s vice-chancellor said that the Department of Education got interested in her that is why she would be called for a talk.

First what made the girl alert was that the men who introduced themselves as the Department of Education’s officials didn’t give the address where she was supposed to come but met her at the building. The meeting was held in a huge assembly hall. It was led by two men, who hadn’t wanted to give their names and positions for a long time. However it was made clear from the conversation that they were from KGB. They asked the student about her trips abroad – whom she travelled with and who paid for that. The conversation ended with screaming as Inna Panchkouskaya refused to answer most of the questions which were not related to the initial topic of the discussion – her application to the BSU.

After the meeting she file an appeal on the name of the head of the Partisan district’s Department of Education requiring to explain who exactly had a talk with her and on what grounds.

In person the chairperson of the Department Alena Asadchaya couldn’t tell who exactly was there in the assembly hall. “I just received a call from the Ministry of Education and was asked to provide the premises. Who these people were I don’t know”, - said the official.