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Why does Lukashenko need requests for pardon from political prisoners? – Andrzej Poczobut for Palitviazni.info

Why does Lukashenko need requests for pardon from political prisoners? – Andrzej Poczobut for Palitviazni.info

Currently in Belarus, there are 10 political prisoners. Usually foreigners say that it is not much. Indeed, if you compare it with North Korea or Iran, then yes. But Belarus is a European country with European history and European mentality. Therefore, practices that are commonplace in Asia or Africa, here evoke outrage and extraordinary attention from the western neighbors. The European Union urges the release of Belarusian political prisoners and that is what led to the improvement of relations between the West and Belarus. In practice, this means that only the release of political prisoners in Belarus will give the opportunity to take advantage of Western loans and make it more attractive for western investments that are needed by Belarusian economy.

Andrzej Poczobut: The regime does everything to intimidate the society

Andrzej Poczobut: The regime does everything to intimidate the society

Prison administrations still require from political prisoners to sign requests for clemency. Why and for what purpose this practice, under which against political prisoners are used extreme methods, including torture, is being exercised? Reporter of palitviazni.info spoke with journalist and correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, Andrzej Poczobut.

Andrzej Poczobut: In Belarus, there is a dictatorship of mediocrity

Andrzej Poczobut: In Belarus, there is a dictatorship of mediocrity

Many talented young Belarusians, not only social activists, just people talented in their areas of interest, including journalists; go abroad to get away from the Belarusian dreariness and find professional fulfillment. Some emigrate temporary, some permanently. Belaruspartisan.org raised the issue of self-realization under the dictatorship in an interview  with a well-known journalist, persecuted by the authorities for his criticism of Lukashenko’s regime, Andrzej Poczobut.

Criminal charges against Andrzej Poczobut dropped

Criminal charges against Andrzej Poczobut dropped

The second criminal case against journalist Andrzej Poczobut has been closed, and the charges of “libelling the President of Belarus” have been dropped. He had been targeted for his work as a journalist and for the legitimate exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Anton Surapin and Andrzej Poczobut comment on their situation

Anton Surapin and Andrzej Poczobut comment on their situation

The 20-year-old Anton Surapin, a fourth-year student at the Belarusian State University`s Journalism Institute, was arrested following a July 4 incident in which two representatives of Sweden’s ad agency Studio Total illegally flew a small plane from Lithuania to Belarus and dropped teddy bears containing pro-human rights messages. Anton was released from prison on his own recognizance but was banned from leaving his place of residence. He was soon to start doing work experience in TUT.BY.