20 January 2018, Saturday, 6:11

Dzmitry Bandarenka: Authorities are trying to throw a switch


In the case of Hajdukou KGB is using the same methods as in the case of Kanavalau-Kavalou, the politician believes.

A coordinator of the European Belarus civic campaign Dzmitry Bandarenka stated that in an interview to the charter97.org web-site.

“I attentively read the information in Andrej Hajdukou’s letter, in which he says what KGB is accusing him of. The phrase struck me, which said that the “possible harm from his activities was in the destabilization of the social and political situation in the Republic of Belarus”. Remember, how during the trial the “terrorist” Dzmitry Kanavalau constantly repeated that he committed his crime for destabilizing the social and political situation in the country.

The parallels with the case of Kanavalau-Kavalou are obvious. The authorities need to distract the attention from the catastrophic economic situation in the country like in 2011, to intimidate the opposition and society. Then they did not dare to link the terroristic act with their political opponents, although the head of KGB prison colonel Aliaksandr Arlou came to the cells of some prisoners’ right after the explosion and shouted that they were the ones who had organized that. Today by the means of the secretive trial of a civic activist Andrej Hajdukou the authorities are trying to openly put the blame on the opposition.

Hajdukou also wrote that he was being accused of looking for “financing for his activities in the fund of the US embassy”. It seems to me that this is a “creative” development of Russia’ idea of NGOs taken as “foreign agents”.

From my personal experience in the KGB prison I can state that Andrej Hajdukou had to go through serious trials. He was repeatedly transferred from Minsk to Viciebsk and back. Usually it is done in order to break a person. For us, the arrested for the square protest, it was easier, because there were a lot of us and our case had the attention of the whole world. In the prison and at the secretive trial Andrej Hajdukou has to fight on his own. Only international attention and our solidarity can save the young man”, - Dzmitry Bandarenka said.