A 33-year-old man died in a police car on his wife's birthday.
“I wouldn’t say that it was a very bad family. Anything happened, but they didn’t drink so much as to lie on the floor unconscious. Dzmitry was a good worker: he laid tiles in the church, and for the people. He always bought food for the children,” says the neighbor of deceased Dzmitry Zakharchenia. “What actually happened there... In the village they think that he did not kill himself. This is the village ... There are different versions here already. But they do not believe that he committed suicide.''
33-year-old builder Dzmitry Zakharchenia died in a police car on the night of July 6. In the village of Stryhava, Kobryn district, the police arrived on a call to a family scandal. According to the version of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dzmitry was left alone for some time in the place for detainees in the service gazelle, where he committed suicide, reports Euroradio.
That evening, the family of Zakharchenia celebrated the birthday of Dzmitry's wife Volha. Now she is left alone with two sons: one is five, the other is seven years old.
"They did drink on holidays, but everyone has problems with alcohol if we take this into account"
About 500 people live in Stryhava. The village has its own school and kindergarten, two shops, a post office, a farm. The neighbors of the Zakharchenias say that the family could drink and quarrell, but no more. Dzmitry was not a heavier drinker than everybody else.
The staff of the Stryhava kindergarten and secondary school say to the journalists that the children of the Zakharchenias were well-groomed. Dzmitry's suicide is not believed there either.
''If we consider it a problem with alcohol when people drink on holidays, then everyone has it,'' they say at school. ''They celebrated the wife's birthday, so he is said to have been under intoxication. They drank, but nobody in the village saw them lying unconscious in the street.''
I wouldn't say that he was aggressive. He was a normal person, and suicide ... I do not even know. Everyone is in shock. Such a young man... Here, no one believes that he could do it [commit suicide - edit.] ".
In the kindergarten, they say that the five-year-old son was brought there regularly, and the seven-year-old just finished the first year at school. They add that there were no problems in the relations between the parents and the teachers.
''The children were always clean, the parents willingly donated money for repairs,'' they told about the Zakharchenia family. ''The elder went to the first form. Always clean, the homework always done. And the parents themselves didn’t go ragged. Volha worked for some time as a dishwasher here, and then as a milkmaid".
''The police were repeatedly called to their place, but no one filed statements''.
The staff of the Tevelsky village council, which includes Stryhava, tell something different about Dzmitry Zakharchenia. The local official calls the family problematic.
''There were constant family scandals and drinking alcohol at the place of residence,'' said an official of the Tevelsky village council, who refused to introduce herself. ''At the same time, the school had no complaints with regard to the children. They were not on the juvenile justice record. There are a lot of alcohol-addicted families in the village. The police were repeatedly called to their place, but no one filed statements. We came and talked, but in the village no one wanted any fights.
What they are now writing in the comments ... The police now treat these people [residents who abuse alcohol - edit] as glass vases."
The official adds that Dzmitry could beat his wife, that she personally saw the bruises on her.
Every year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs receives information on more than 120 thousand family conflicts. About 50 thousand people are brought to administrative responsibility, 2.5 thousand - to criminal.
Because of the fear of revenge, as well as the need to pay fines, victims of domestic violence often refuse to file statements against the abusers.
For more than three years, there has been a public discussion that Belarus needs a law ''On domestic violence''. It was last mentioned in the news at the end of 2018. Then the document was criticized by Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The law was never adopted.