What is better for the former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou: “solitary” with a radio or a lockup with other inmates? I asked Volha Mikalaichyk, who has been writing to the activist, to pass the question to Vasil Parfiankou. Read More
The information that Parfiankou was refused to be transferred to the prison hospital unit in Dzerzhinsk was passed by a group of social activists, who visited the former political prisoner in a prison hospital unit in Swietlahorsk. Read More
The Pershamaiski District Court in Minsk will hear on 28 November the charges brought against former political prisoners Vasil Parfiankou. Read More
Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou has been placed in medical and labor dispensary No. 1 in the town of Svetlahorsk, after serving five days of arrest in Minsk. Read More
Uladzimir Yaromenak and Vasil Parfiankou have been serving administrative detention since September 16, after Judge Yury Harbatouski of Minsk’s Pershamaiski District Court sentenced the activists to for five days of arrest on charges of disobeying the terms of preventive supervision (Article 24.12 of the Administrative Code). Read More
The criminal case against a member of the Young Front, Uladzimir Jaromienak, will be submitted to the court the following Monday. The accused informed Palitviazni.info that on Thursday, 18 July, he had the meeting with the investigators. The day before a criminal case against Vasil Parfiankou was submitted to the court. Both participants of rally on 19 December 2010 are according to the authorities guilty of the same offense. Read More
Statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on the prosecution of Vasil Parfiankou and Uladzimir Yaromenak
The Human Rights Center “Viasna” issued statement on the prosecution of Vasil Parfiankou and Uladzimir Yaromenak Read More
The former political prisoner, the participant of the events on the Square in 2010, Vasil Parfiankou was officially accused of breaking the rules of preventive surveillance. Read More
At Minsk’s Piershamajski police department Vasil Parfiankou was informed that another criminal case had been started against him. He is charged under the article 421 of the Criminal Code for violating the requirements of preventive surveillance, Radio Svaboda reports. Read More
He was born on 30 August 1983 in Minsk, finished 9 classes of the Minsk school No. 163. He worked as a locksmith. He was an activist of the unregistered Belarusian Freedom Party. Actively participated in the defense of Kuropaty in 2002. He took part in protest actions of the Young Front and Zubr youth movement. He was repeatedly detained by militia and sentenced to administrative detention. During the 2010 election he was a member of electoral staff of Uladzimir Niklajeu. He took part in the demonstration on the Independence Square on 19 December 2010.
Chronicle of repression
Detained in Minsk on 4 January 2011 for taking part in 19 December 2010 rally and charged with organizing mass riots. After three days he was transported to the Volodarka prison, as a defendant charged under the art. 293. On 17 February 2011 the Frunzenski District Court in Minsk sentenced Vasil to four years in penal colony. He served his sentence in the colony in Orsha. From 17 to 27 July he was in a solitary confinement “for breaking the rules of the prison outfit.” On 11 August 2011 he was pardoned by the President.
After his release, Vasil Parfiankou continued civil activities and was repeatedly detained for involvement in protests in support of Belarusian political prisoners. On 5 January 2012, the court established preventive supervision for a period of one year over Vasil. On 29 May 2012 Vasil Parfiankou was convicted under the art. 421 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (breaking the rules of preventive surveillance). Parfiankou’s case was considered by the infamous judge Siarhei Bandarenka. He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. On 24 July the Minsk City Court rejected the appeal and left the sentence unchanged. He was arrested on 9 August 2012. He served his sentence in the penal colony in Baranovichi. On 12 July 2013 Vasil was again accused under the art. 421 of the Criminal Code. The case was submitted to the court yet the trial did not take place. But on 21 September 2013, after serving five nights of administrative detention, Vasil Parfiankou has been placed in medical and labour dispensary No. 1 in the town of Svetlahorsk.