Uladzimir Kudzinau

A former Member of the Supreme Soviet, a businessman, he collaborated with the social organization Civil Action, which was one of the initiators of impeachment of Lukashenko in November 1996. Member of the United Civic Party. During the referendum in 1996 he prepared protocols enumerating many violations that took place in his constituency, these materials were sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Prosecutor’s office in Brest. He was born on 11 June 1959 in the village Tonezicy. In 1981 he graduated from the Belorussian Polytechnic. He worked as a ​​tax inspector in Ivatsevichy, Brest region. Since 1992, he led the Ivatsevichi commercial company which he established.

Chronicle of repression

At the end of 1995, after Kudzinau decided to take part in parliamentary elections and became a deputy, he came into conflict with the administration of the city. The authorities sent 120 tax inspectors to check Kudzinau’s company finances. This paralyzed the activities of the company for a long time. In 1996, another inspection took place, including the inspection of the KGB. As a result, at the end of 1996 the company building became the property of the state, and all the shops were closed. On 4 February 1997 Kudzinau was arrested and charged with bribing an official. On 4 August 1997 Judge Viktor Shelepen of the Borisov District Court sentenced Uladzimir Kudzinau to seven years in prison and ordered the confiscation of his property. His arrest was illegal because he had parliamentary immunity from prosecution. On 1 February 2001, the court re-examined the case in connection with introduction of the new Criminal Code. The court reduced the sentence to five years. On 5 February 2001 Kudzinau was released from the penal colony in Minsk. In the same year together with his family he moved to the Crimea, where he runs a business.


Other political prisoners

  • Viktor Ivashkievich
  • Ivan Haponau
  • Valery Sedov
  • Anatol Liabedzka
  • Mikola Statkevich