19 January 2018, Friday, 18:48

Byalyatski isolated from other inmates


The authorities of penal colony No. 2 in Babruisk isolates a political prisoner from other inmates.

BelaPAN news agency learnt it from Byalyatski's colleague Valyantin Stefanovich.

He has not received letters from Byalyatski since October. “Byalyatski's latest big letter was after his birthday. I worry that he has stopped writing. He possibly answers to hundreds of congratulations he received in prison,” Stefanovich said.

The human rights activist says Byalyatski is always optimistic  in letters. “But the information we know doesn't sound optimistic. The prison authorities want to isolate Byalyatski. They press on the people who talk to Byalyatski and threaten not to grant early release to them and impose other sanctions. Prison atmosphere is very difficult for Byalyatski,” Stefanovich says.

He reminded that Byalyatski was given the status of “persistent violator of prison rules”. “We know about seven disciplinary sanctions imposed on him. In this regard, he was deprived of all food parcels and visits, both short-term and long-term ones. He is in complete isolation,” the human rights activist stressed.

Stefanovich worries about Byalyatski's health: “He wrote he has problems with his back.”