Ales Mikhalevich

Born on 15 May 1975 in Minsk in the family of scientists. In 1997, he graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Belarusian State University. During his studies, he was a head of the Association of Belarusian Students. Attended the internship courses at the Warsaw University as well as at the Oxford University. Since 1997, he was engaged in youth exchange and tourism projects. Since 2000 employed as a manager in the Arcadia travel agency. Left his job after seven inspections, following his participation in the 2004 parliamentary elections. Between 2003 and 2007 he was deputy of Pukhavichy district council and coordinator of the Local Council Deputies Assembly. Former editor of the Rehiyon independent newspaper. In 2004-2008 he was the deputy chair of the Belarusian Popular Front party. In 2010, he launched a new movement For Modernization. A 2010 presidential candidate.

Chronicle of repression

Detained on 20 December 2010 for participation in the 19 December protest and put into custody in the KGB pre-trial prison. Charged under the art. 293 (mass riot). On 19 February Ales was released on recognizance. On 28 February Mikhalevich published information about torture in detention center. His accounts of the use of torture have been confirmed by many other ex-prisoners. On 14 March he secretly left Belarus for fear of his life. On 24 March 2011, the Czech Ministry of Interior reported that Mikhalevich was  granted political asylum in the Czech Republic.