Statkevich’s shopping limit: 100 grams of sausage per month

Maryna Adamovich, the wife of political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, told Radio Liberty’s Belarus service about her husband’s monthly shopping basket. “What foodstuffs and how much can political prisoner Statkevich buy in the store in Mahiliou prison with the two basic units of money allowed by the rules?”

Last month, he managed to buy 140 grams of cheese and 100 grams of sausage. This is what he could afford, since the remaining money was spent on his standard set. He buys marshmallows, so that he can have half a piece a day, he buys wafers, that too one piece a day. He used to buy halva bars to have half a bar a day, but they’ve run out of halva. By the way, as soon as he wrote to me about it, it disappeared.”

According to the latest message from Mikalai Statkevich, heating is now working in the Mahiliou prison. “Also, they were given warm clothes, then certainly he is not cold at least,” says Maryna Adamovich.

Former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich is serving a 6-year sentence he received for allegedly organizing mass riots in the night following the presidential elections on 19 December 2010. The political prisoner pleaded not guilty, and said that they simply got even with him for the harsh criticism of the policy of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. Political prisoner Statkevich refused to ask for Lukashenka’s clemency.


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