The cause of the abolition of the long-term meetings is not known. Read More
Parents of political prisoner Artiom Prakapienka visited their son in the penal colony. They were allowed to have a two hours conversation on the phone, separated by a glass partition. Read More
The authorities of Mahilou correctional colony No. 2 lifted a ban on food parcels for Artsiom Prakapenka. Read More
Parents of Artsiom Prakapenka visited their son in Mogilev Penal Colony. The conversation lasted two hours and was carried out through a glass window, using the telephone handset. Read More
Parents of Artsiom Prakapenka are preparing for a short meeting with their son. On Saturday, activist serving a prison sentence celebrates his 23 birthday. Relatives are going to wish him a happy birthday. Read More
Arciom Prakapienka’s parents try to convince him to sign a request for clemency. They believe that it is the only way Arciom can be released from the colony before the end of his sentence. Political prisoner denied categorically. Read More
Artsiom Prakapenka, political prisoner serving his 7-year sentence in the penal colony of Mahiliou, has declared a hunger strike after he had been placed in a punishment cell on 15 August, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
According to the prisoner’s mother, her son is being isolated by the colony’s administration. Read More
Arciom Prakapenka was born on 27 July 1990. Arciom comes from Grodno and studied in Bobruisk. He is an anarchist activist.
Chronicle of repression
Arciom Prakapenka, Jauhien Vaskovich and Pavel Syramolatau were sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment for attack on the Babruisk KGB office in October 2011. Babruisk court considered them guilty of malicious hooliganism and severe damage of property. Prosecutor demanded seven and a half years to eight years imprisonment in a maximum security colony. According to the prosecutor, the investigation revealed that all accused are guilty. According to the prosecutor, the men could destroy the KGB office. Allegedly, the damage in this case would amount to 2 billion rubles (about $444,440). The persecutor stated that “the attack on the KGB was an open challenge to society and the demonstration of their impunity.”
Advocates stressed that the defendants testified under pressure and did not intend to burn the building down, only to damage it. According to the defense, the prosecutor’s evidence is based only on assumptions of what might have happen when the actual damage caused by the men amounted to 250 thousand rubles ($56,2), which has already been paid. Moreover, according to the lawyers, the Belarusian TV illegally used video recordings from the preliminary investigation for the purpose of the documentary that portrayed Arciom Prakapenka, Jauhien Vaskovich and Paval Syramolatau in a very bad light. As people having no interests, passions, goals, and who focus on destroying everything around. On 18 May 2011 Arciom was found guilty of deliberate damage of property and sentenced to 7 years of penal colony with reinforced regime in Mahilou. He serves his sentence in the penal colony in Shklov.