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Aliaksandr Zaitseu | Alexander Zaitsev

Alexander Zaitsev, an anarchist. Zaitsev was accused of attempting to set fire to Chairman of the Supreme Court Sukalo’s dacha (Article 289.2 Attempted act of terrorism by a group of persons). Alexander was detained near Valentin Sukalo’s dacha on August 22nd 2021. According to our information he went to the case together with provocateur Akulich…

How do one write letters to prisoners in Belarus so that they reach them?

Most of our comrades who have sent letters to imprisoned anarchists and anti-fascists have most likely not received any response. This is primarily due to the incredible censorship regime, which in many cases does not allow any correspondence through. This situation is an attempt to create additional pressure on prisoners and to isolate them from outside…

Hanna Pyshnik | Anna Pyshnik

Hanna Pyshnik (Chympajesh) was detained on 22 March 2022 in Mozyr and shares anti-fascist views. According to the prosecution, she “shot a video of helicopters and sent it to a destructive media resource” – Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code (assistance to an extremist formation). Pyshnik (Chimpoyesh) Anna Gennadyevna SIZO-3, ul. Knizhnaya 1A, Gomel…

Artsiom S. Salaviej | Artem S. Solovey

An anarchist from Belarus who was detained on 4 August 2021 and arrested on charges of organisation of actions that disrupted public order during post-election protests in Belarus (Article 342.1) and participation in an extremist organisation (Article 361-1.1) on 22 April 2022 sentenced to 4.5 years in prison Solovey Artem S. Ul. Krypskoi 99A. Prison…

Jauhen Rubashka’s last word in court

Before the final accusation, I wrote down inconsistencies, points for clarification and counterarguments during the trial. After the final accusation, the need for them disappeared. And it’s not even that the absurd and untenable state prosecution – which echoes the vision of GUBOPiK (Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption…

Anarchists convicted in ‘Pramen case’

On April 22 the verdict was pronounced in the so-called “Pramen case”. Aliaksandr Bialou, Jauhen Rubashka, Artsiom Salavei were sentenced to 5 years in prison, another Artsiom Salavei – to 4.5 years. The gravamen is unknown, since the trial was held in camera. Aliaksandr and Jauhen were arrested on July 29, 2021 and charged with participation…

Interview. Anarchist prisoner Zhenya Rubashko about detention, being under arrest, and his fighting spirit

On Friday 22 April this year anarchist comrade Evgeniy Rubashko along with 3 other anarchist comrades was sentenced to 5 years of penal colony for participating in protests in 2020 and being part of Pramen anarchist collective. This interview was taken before sentencing in January 2022, where we tried to talk to him about his political views and the…

Krystsina Charankova | Kristina Cherenkova

News from Belarusian prisons, March 2022

In the beginning of March Anastasiya Kukhta faced criminal prosecution. Initially she had been detained on 17 February on administrative charges, her apartment had been searched and she had been sentenced to 15 days of arrest. On 4 March, she became a suspect in a criminal case, and on 12 March she was charged with organisation of action grossly violating…

Antifascists persecuted in Mozyr, Belarus

On 22 March, a dozen of local antifascists and DIY band members were arrested in Mozyr following searches in their homes. As a result, two women were detained under criminal charges – Kristina Cherenkova (inciting hatred to cops for a few Instagram posts and comments) and Anna Pyshnik (assistance in extremist activity for sending a video recording…

News from Belarusian prisons, February 2022

Mikita Jemialjanau again was placed to a punishment isolation cell on 18 January. His term there was prolonged again and again, as prison administration invented new reasons to isolate him. For instance, Mikita refuses to clean a courtyard where inmates walk. Unlike other inmates, Mikita does not litter in a courtyard, so he sees no reason why he has…

Repression against anarchists and anti-fascists in Belarus in January 2022

At the beginning of January it became known that Mikalai Dziadok was put in a punishment cell for three days on New Year’s Eve, and has been precautionary filed as “prone to suicide and self-mutilation” – for having cut his hands and stomach six years ago in a correctional institution. The anarchist already has seven out of ten possible preventive…

An overview of repressions against anarchists and antifascists in Belarus in 2021

ABC-Belarus countered unprecedented quantity of repressions in 2021. We cannot say that it was unexpected. We expected exactly this after 2020 protests. But such predictability doesnʼt make the burden of anti-repression activism easier. The difference with previous waves of repression is that the massive repressions against anarchists and antifascists…

Lukáš Borl publishes guide to writing letters to prisoners

Lukáš Borl, a Czech anarchist and ex-prisoner, published a D.I.Y. book Words Against isolation or As Long As There Are Prisons, Let’s Write Letters. There are two main reasons to create this publication. First is to motivate people to write to prisoners, while obtaining funds for anarchists imprisoned in so-called Belarus. Here is what Lukas says…

Free Belarusian Anarchists and Antifascist Poster 2021

News from the prison called the Republic of Belarus, December 2021

On 2 December Gayane Akhtiyan, mother of an anarchist Roman Khalilov, became a suspect in a criminal case. The proceedings were instituted upon art. 342 (part 1) of the Criminal Code (organisation and preparation of activities grossly violating the public order, or active participation in them). Previously, on 26 November, the apartment of Gayane Akhtiyan…

Position of ABC-Belarus on the situation with Dzmitry Dubovski

The day after the detention of the group of anarcho-partisans the propaganda trash cans posted a video in which Dzmitry Dubovski admits his guilt in attacking the regime and testifies against other members of the group. At the time, the relatively hasty publication of the news by the Lukashists, the serious accusations of terrorism, and Dubovski’s…

18 to 20 years’ imprisonment for Belarusian anarcho-partisans

The sentence was announced today for a group of anarcho-partisans who held a series of direct actions against the dictatorship about a year ago. In an attempt to isolate the activists, the trial was held in camera and only the pronouncement of the sentence was made public. Sentences: Siarhei Ramanau – 20 yearsIhar Alinevich – 20 yearsDzmitry Rezanovich…

ABC-Belarus statement on Dzmitry Z.

On December 5, there was a forceful seizure of Syrena squat in Warsaw, the reason for which was the attempt to move Dzmitry Z. from the squat. Z. had been living there for about five years and the long-lasting internal conflict in the squat developed into violence and threats of violence from Dima. During an extended public discussion of the incidents…

News from Belarusian prisons, November 2021

On 1 November anarchist Sergey Romanov was sentenced to 1 year of penal colony for ‘defying the measures of preventive surveillance’. More details: [] It was a separate trial; Sergey is simultaneously a defendant in another trial described below. On 2 November Revolutionary Action, and on 12 November Pramen were officially recognised by Belarusian…

Mikola Dziadok was sentenced to 5 years of incarceration

On 10 November in the Minsk City Court a sentence in the case of anarchist Mikalai Dziadok was announced. Dziadok was accused in participation in “mass disorders” (article 342 of the Criminal Code), illegal activities involving flammable substances (article 295-3), and calls for actions aimed to undermine the national security (article 361). In…

News from Belarusian prisons, October 2021

On 6 October the office of the Prosecutor General declared that the case of anarchist partisans was transferred to the court, and published details of the case. According to the version of the prosecution, on 10 October 2020 Ihar Alinevich and Dzmitry Dubovski crossed Belarusian border from Ukrainian side. On 21 October 2020 Alinevich, Dubovski, Sergey…

Anarchist Sergey Romanov sentenced to 1 year in jail

A few weeks before the trial on the case of anarcho-partisans, Gomel judge Hlyshchankov Alexei Anatolievich ([]) sentenced Sergei Romanov to a year in prison for violation of state supervision. This story began after Romanov’s release in 2019: local operatives from the GUBOP actively built up administrative cases against the activist and tried to…

News from Belarusian prisons, September 2021

Updates on anarchists and antifascists Tamaz Pipiya was transported to Žodzina detention centre. His new address: Tamaz Pipiya ST-8, vul. Savieckaja 22А, Žodzina, 222163, Belarus At the end of September Tamaz fell ill, had difficulties with breathing, but received no medical assistance whatsoever. He is continuously held in ordinary cell with other…

Crowdfunding “Support anarchist and antifascist prisoners in Belarus”

For over 10 years ABC-Belarus is supporting antifascists, anarchists and other political prisoners in their struggle against dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko. Last uprising of 2020 provoked a huge wave of repressions against the activists of all kinds. Right now over 1000 people are in prison for political reasons. Among them 26 are anarchists and…


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