Anatol Bukachou

A member of the Belarusian Popular Front  (BPF party) from Vitebsk.

Chronicle of repression

He was sentenced on 28 February 2000 by a court in Vitebsk. He was accused of writing, on the eve of the Slavonic Bazaar festival  in July 1998, a letter on behalf of a non-existent organization Free Belarus (Swobodnaya Bielarus) in which he expressed his protest against spending public funds for the organization of pompous pro-Russian events. The letter was sent to the editor of the Vitbichi newspaper and the journalists passed it to the KGB.

In autumn 1999, the authorities carried out a revision in the apartment of Bukachou, and he himself was summoned to the KGB. The hearing was scheduled for 24 February but was held a day later.

Anatol Bukachou was found guilty under the article 201, part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (malicious hooliganism). He was sentenced to a fine of 50 minimum wages ($115). In his final speech Bukachou said that his actions were purely political.

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