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Yury Hadyka

A well known politician and scholar. One of the first political prisoners in independent Belarus. He was born on 23 June 1938 in Minsk. Yury Hadyka graduated with honours from the high school No. 4 in Minsk. In 1960 he graduated from the Faculty of Physics of the Belarusian State University. He worked at the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus. In February 1965, Yury made Ph.D. in aerodynamic physics. In 1975, he became the head of electro-section that aim was to predict the development of weapons for 15 years ahead.  In 1976 he received the title of professor of physical and mathematical sciences.

Yuri Hadyka: running a hunger strike that leads to death, does not make sense

Yuri Hadyka: running a hunger strike that leads to death, does not make sense

This is the first part of the interview, recorded in May 2012 – after 16 years of a hunger strike led by Yuri Hadyka and Vyacheslav Sivchyk while they were imprisoned in Minsk’s Volodarka. How does Yuri Hadyka, from the current political perspective,  evaluate political arrests that took place in 1996, their hunger strike, and the behaviour of the prison guards? Did they, as the first political prisoners under Lukashenko’s regime, have ever predicted that their history is  the beginning of long years of repression in Belarus?