18 January 2019, Friday, 15:46
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Valeria Krasouskaya: Pourgourides's report puts everything in its place

Tributes to the memory of the disappeared Belarusians were paid in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on September 16.

The event gathered about 200 15-year-old teens. Valeria Krasouskaya, a daughter of kidnapped Anatol Krasouski, answered questions of a Radio Svaboda journalist.

– I said in my speech what these 15 years mean for me. That's why my audience was people of 15 years old. I tried to make my message clear for them. It is a very easy analogy. You see adult people and understand that 15 years is a long time.

– Some details in the case over the disappearance leaked to the press. There were a report by Christos Pourgourides and admissions of investigators... Did anyone contact your family privately to say more details?

– Yes, it happened several times. But we didn't receive any new information that was not mentioned in the report by Christos Pourourides. If you read the report carefully, it puts everything in its place. Everything becomes clear except for the place where their bodies are buried. We haven't received this information from anyone.

– When will these cases come to a fair end, in you opinion?

– We will see the fair end, but it is impossible until the new authorities come.

Christos Pourgourides, the Special Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, published his report in 2004 that accused the country's top officials of impeding the independent investigation into the disappearances of people. According to the report, the Belarusian authorities did not conduct a proper investigation into the disappearances. Pourgourides raised suspicion that top officials might have been involved in the disappearances. In particular, he named former interior ministers Yury Sivakou and Uladzimir Navumau, former prosecutor general and head of the Security Council Viktar Sheiman and former commander of the rapid response unit lieutenant colonel Dzmitry Paulichenka.