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Alexander Franckievich: I gained self-confidence

Alexander Franckievich: I gained self-confidence

The first things for which Alexander Franckievich asked, after he appeared in the Human Rights Centre Viasna, on the day when he was released from the penal colony no 22 in Ivanceviche, were paper and envelopes. He wanted to write to his friends as soon as possible. This activity was constantly interrupted by  phone calls and visits of journalists who wanted to congratulate on the release and ask questions about his time in prison. Alexander Franckievich gave an interview to the Viasna’s website.

Aliaksandr Frantskievich has been released free

Aliaksandr Frantskievich has been released free

“They woke me up at 5 a.m. instead of usual 6 a.m.. They took care of all documents in half an hour and at 5:30 a.m. they released me outside the prison gate. They did it so early that I didn’t manage to say goodbye to my friends from the colony”, said Aliaksandr Frantskievich.

Political prisoner Frantskevich forced to apply for pardon

Political prisoner Frantskevich forced to apply for pardon

Tatsiana Frantskevich, the mother of political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich, together with a lawyer visited the “Vouchyia Nory” penal colony. The mother of the political prisoner told charter97.org that Aliaksandr Frantskevich,  was thrown into a punishment cell for refusal to fulfill insulting demands of the prison authorities.

Aliaksandr Frantskievich

Aliaksandr Frantskievich

Born on 6 May 1990 in Novopolotsk. After graduating high school he worked as an IT programmer. Later he moved to Minsk, where he began to work. He was interested in the history of political parties. In his hometown he joined the anti-fascist movement, in Minsk he  became friends with anarchists, with whom he shared views.

Chronicle of repression

On 20 September 2010 Aliaksandr Frantskievich was charged under the article 339, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (hooliganism). He was accused of video taping the attack on the militia building in Solihorsk. On 14 February he was additionally accused of the attack on the trade unions building and an assault in Salihorsk (the article 218, part 3 and the article 339, part 2 of the Criminal Code). Damage was estimated at 1 million 900 thousand BYR.

In anticipation for the trial Frantskievich was kept in the Volodarka prison in Minsk. During the investigation, Frantskievich’s lawyer Pavel Sapelka was disbarred by the Minsk City Bar for the defense of political prisoners and convicted for participating in the peaceful demonstration of 19 December 2010.

Despite he has health problems (has only one kidney) Aliaksandr was kept in pretrial facility since September 2010. Aliaksandr Frantskievich, served his term in the Ivatsevichy penal colony. He was released on 3 September 2013.