Mikola Markievich

Mikola was born on 29 June 1962. A native of the town of Grodno. He graduated from the Philology Department at the Kaliningrad University. He worked in Grodno newspapers Wysota and Grodno Truth. He was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet. In 1991, he founded the Batkivshchyna Foundation. In 1992-a year after Belarus emerged as a country in its own right following the dissolution of the Soviet Union-he became a founding editor of Pahonia, a local paper that quickly grew to have a readership beyond Grodno. In 1995 he took part in the hunger-strike of deputies.

Chronicle of repression 

On 2 September 2002, Mikola was arrested and charged with defaming the president. In 2002, Markievich was sentenced by the court in Grodno for two and a half years of  freedom restriction. According to the authorities he questioned Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenko’s moral suitability as the nation’s leader in an article published in Pahonia. Mikola was released on 5 March 2003.

In 2003 he initiated the renewal of the newspaper The Day and was its editor until May 2004, when the court decision closed the newspaper. In 2005, he became a  Radio Racyja program director. Currently Mikola Markievich is the editor of the Pahonia.org website and serves as  an advisor  for Radio Racyja.

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