Mikalay Razumov

Mikalay Razumov – a resident of Orsha, one of the leaders of the Orsha Strike Committee in the first half of the 90’s, which organized mass protests of workers.

Chronicle of repression

Mikalay Razumov  was sentenced in Orsha on 16 June 2006 by the judge Tatyana Rybakova to 3 years in jail for slandering President Aliaksandr Lukashenko. During the presidential campaign of opposition candidate Aliaksandr Milinkevich, Razumov said that Lukashenko was involved in the disappearance of opposition politicians Viktor Gonchar, Anatol Krasovsky and Yuri Zakharenko. The case was initiated by the senior investigator J. Filipovich. Mr. Razumov was accused under the article 367, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. He was arrested. Then Mikalay Razumov was taken to a psychiatric hospital, where he was examined. He was found mentally stable. But he was still held in custody.

He was sentenced on 16 June 2006. But the punishment was not executed four years later. On 9 November 2010, shortly before the presidential elections the militia officers came to Mikalay Razumov’s apartment and took him. Razumov was serving so-called chemistry [forced labour] until 1 February 2012.

Other political prisoners

  • Mikalay Astreika
  • Ales Mikhalevich
  • Aliaksandr Kazulin
  • Pavel Sharamet
  • Yury Hadyka