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October 24 - November 06

2-week roundup: At least 114 political convicts reported in October; political prisoner Dmitry Sosnovsky told, that after his detention he was subjected to violence and torture; in Brest, a student was detained for drawing an explosion on the Crimean bridge in class

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October 10 - October 23

Two-week roundup: Marina Zolotova and Lyudmila Chekina are now “terrorists”; Polina Sharendo-Panasyuk has been transferred to solitary confinement directly from a punishment cell; a taxi driver has been forced to record a video standing on the white-red-white flag and singing a song by the pro-regime Russian rock group Lyube.

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September 26 - October 09

2 week round-up: Ales Bialiatski was awarded the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, Polina Sharendo-Panasyuk and Alexander Teleshman are in the punishment cell, the late Aleksey Dudoyt was added to the list of extremists, a well-known transplantologist was detained in front of his child patients, arrests for tattoos and an apology on a “repentant” video in front of Ramzan Kadyrov

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September 12 - September 25

2-week roundup: Igor Olinevich has gone on hunger strike; Nikolay Avtukhovich is in solitary confinement; Siarhei Tsikhanouski has now been in a punishment cell for more than three weeks; Polina Sharendo-Panasyuk is being held in a detention center; new European members of parliament have become “godparents” to 9 political prisoners.

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August 22 - September 11

Three week roundup: repressions continue; according to the UN rapporteur, the government of Belarus is pursuing a strategy to eradicate dissent; sentences were handed down in the high-profile "case of conspiracy to seize power"; woman received the longest term in a "political case"

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August 08 - August 21

Two-week roundup: 2 years have passed since the falsified presidential elections; severe repressions of Belarusians continue; people are arrested for “bad, unhealthy food” and making stickers; harsh sentences are handed down in Bobruisk for “acts of terrorism”

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July 25 - August 07

Two-week roundup: arrests, searches, and torture in detention cells persist; political prisoners continue to face pressure; Roman Bondarenko, who was beaten to death at the Central District police department after he left his apartment to defend the white-red-white ribbons in his courtyard, would have had a birthday; Nikolay Avtukhovich has ended his hunger strike, but he is in a very dire condition

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July 11 - July 24

Two-week roundup: Nikolay Avtukhovich has declared a dry hunger strike; the ICAO has found the Belarusian government guilty of lying about a bomb threat to land a plane under a false pretext; political prisoner Yana Pinchuk is being deported to Belarus, where she faces 20 years in jail; journalist Yekaterina Andreyeva has been sentenced to 8 years in an enhanced-regime penal colony for treason; a law has been passed on trials in abstentia

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June 20 - June 26

Weekly roundup: political prisoner Aleksander Pleskatsevich suffered multiple beatings and transferred from the colony to a prison; a Latvian citizen was detained and sent for a psychiatric examination because he decried the regime in Belarus; repression in academic sphere have intensified; Vladimir Matskevich’s sentence became public.

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June 13 - June 19

Weekly roundup: 2 years since the detention of Viktor and Eduard Babariko; mass detentions of activists, journalists, lawyers, as well as people who left comments on social media and took part in the 2020 protests continue; more than 90 Belarusians are included in the KGB lists as “involved in terrorist activity”; Yegor Dudnikov is transferred from the enhanced regime in a colony to prison for 3 years.

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June 06 - June 12

Weekly roundup: European diplomats are not being granted access to open trials of political prisoners; Eduard Palchys faces a fine of more than €211,000; Stepan Latypov is being subjected to pressure; a person with Stage 4 cancer has been sentenced to 5 years in an enhanced-regime penal colony; a freelancer for Radio Svaboda was sentenced to 6 years

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May 30 - June 05

Weekly roundup: the UN working group recognized the imprisonment of Maksim Znak as illegal; a member of the 2020 nationwide strike committed suicide; a person was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for helping to evacuate Belarusians persecuted for political reasons; student Gleb Fitsner served his entire sentence

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May 23 - May 29

Weekly roundup: Nikita Yemelyanov has again been sent to solitary confinement for a month; Maria Kalesnikava and Maxim Znak have been added to the KGB's list of “terrorists”; Viktar Babaryka's son has been in pre-trial detention for almost 2 years without trial; a man has been sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony for a social media post about the war; Olga Tomina, a famous makeup artist and mother of three children, has been sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony.

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May 16 - May 22

Weekly roundup: solidarity actions were held around the world to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Vitold Ashurak and to mark the Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners in Belarus; 455 cases for "dissemination of extremist materials" have been reviewed since the beginning of the year; since May 29 an attempt to commit an act of terrorism is punishable by execution; charges of cooperation with the Ukrainian special services during the events of 2020 were brought to court

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May 09 - May 15

Weekly roundup: former political prisoner Artyom Dubski has disappeared after being detained once more by the KGB; Nikita Zolotaryov turned 18 in a penal colony; the widow of Andrei Zeltser could undergo compulsory psychiatric treatment; judges have handed down a 2-year sentence to someone who urged people to voice their protest against Russia's war against Ukraine.

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May 02 - May 08

Weekly roundup: the Council of the Republic approved amendments imposing death penalty for "attempted terrorism"; Nikita Yemelyanov is back in the punishment cell - out of 10 months he spent 213 days in the punishment cell; the investigation into the case of journalist Denis Ivashin has been completed; the verdicts of Olga Gorbunova and Sofia Sapega were made public

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April 25 - May 01

Weekly roundup: Impeding the movement of Russian military equipment to Ukraine now incurs the death penalty as an attempted act of terrorism; security forces may use assault weapons against protesters; 75 days in a temporary isolation unit for speaking out against the war; Marfa Rabkova's trial begins; political prisoners report being tortured

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April 18 - April 24

Weekly roundup: mass detentions of union members and activists; repressions in the academic sphere continue; politically motivated trials of priests; tougher treatment of political prisoners in the colonies - regular punishment with days in the punishment cell, months in solitary confinement, transfers to prison; cruel sentence issued for a well-known pediatric surgeon who volunteered at Akrestsina in August 2020

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April 11 - April 17

Weekly roundup: a man with terminal cancer has been behind bars for 2.5 months for a comment; mass transfer of political prisoners from penal colonies to prisons is emerging as a new pattern of persecution; Maria Kalesnikava has been given a second penalty, her sentence could become even harsher; the mother of an anarchist has been sentenced to 3 years.

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April 04 - April 10

Weekly roundup: mass arrests and detentions of activists are underway; former political prisoner Igor Bantser will be tried again; Maria Kalesnikava is under pressure; the security forces used firearms and shot “railroad partisans” in the knees; journalist Katerina Andreeva is charged with high treason.

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March 28 - April 03

Weekly roundup: Schoolchildren are being taken on field trips to see political prisoners in jail; more than 30 people have been arrested under suspicion of "railway sabotage"; the health of Marfa Rabkova has deteriorated severely; a man arrested for an anti-war demonstration has committed suicide; a mother of 13 children has been sentenced to three years in jail for a comment on social media; Ales Pushkin cut his own stomach during a trial.

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March 20 - March 27

Weekly roundup: police is carrying out mass arrests of people for comments on social networks; the KGB accused the Ukrainian embassy of conducting undercover intelligence operations; Nikolay Dedok was placed in a cell type room for 4 months; mass preventive detentions of Belarusians before Freedom Day; the measure of restraint applied to Anzhelika Boris was changed; a Belarusian was sentenced to a year in a penal colony for a sad face emoji; Tikhon Osipov received another 7 months in prison.

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March 14 - March 20

Weekly roundup: documented numerous cases of violence and torture against those detained for anti-war protest, Nikolay Dedok is under pressure in the colony, UN confirmed the facts of sexual violence against those detained during the 2020 protests in Belarus; two people were sentenced to 7 years for releasing the data on security forces; sentences to employees of "Nasha Niva" were made public.

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March 7 - March 13

Weekly roundup: Yevgeny Afnagel will be transferred from a colony to a prison; Arseniy Sechko, who had 3 broken ribs after his arrest, will have to serve 13 days of arrest after he gets discharged from a hospital; two children were detained for anti-war graffiti; a juvenile was sentenced to "home khimiya" for comments; Nikita Yemelyanov was convicted in a new criminal case

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February 28 - March 6

Weekly round up: more than 900 people were detained for protesting against the war and the referendum; significant violations of national law and the basic principles of fair and democratic elections were observed during the referendum; Belarus restricts access to Ukrainian media; for more than six months there have been no letters from a political prisoner and journalist, who was collecting evidence of Russia's aggression

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February 22 - February 27

Weekly round up: Russia launched a full-fledged war on Ukraine; Belarus was drawn into the war as an ally of the aggressor; a letter from 170 parliamentarians from 16 European countries demanding an end to the violations of prisoners’ rights; a political prisoner has been in a punishment cell for 48 days; over 800 Belarusians detained for protesting against the war in Ukraine; the Central Electoral Commission stated that 65% of those who voted were in favor of amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus

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February 14 - February 20

Weekly roundup: mass detentions and interrogations of political prisoners serving “khimiya” are underway, as well as searches and interrogations of their families; after a great resonance in the world and a meeting with the investigator, Vladimir Matskevich ended his hunger strike; Nikita Yemelyanov is constantly in the solitary and is on a hunger strike; groups of former special forces will guard electoral commissions during the referendum; Natalia Hershe was released

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February 07 - February 13

Weekly roundup: Vladimir Matskevich is on a hunger strike; police, riot police and internal troops will be guarding the voting stations during the referendum on Constitution; social networks of the human rights center Viasna were recognized as “extremist”; a retiree was sentenced to a penal colony for “harboring a feeling of hatred for the regime”; Sergey Vereshchagin was transferred to prison.

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January 31 - February 06

Weekly roundup: the persecution of Pavel Latushko's family continues; experts assessed preparations for the Referendum; a retiree faces 6 years in prison for a post about the migrants at the Belarusian borders; Vladimir Matskevich began a hunger strike; security forces drew swastikas on detainees; Republic of Belarus prosecutor's office opened a criminal case against a Polish judge; Aleksander Vasilevich was released.

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January 24 - January 30

Weekly roundup: according to the Prosecutor General's Office, more than 1,600 people were convicted in more than 1,200 cases of “extremism”; two more criminal cases were brought against the 64-year-old activist; instead of providing medical assistance, the political prisoner was placed in a punishment cell; expert assessment of the future referendum on the draft edition of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus; political prisoner received 3 years in prison for one comment on a social network

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January 17 - January 23

Weekly roundup: Vadim Gurman was placed in a solitary confinement cell for 5 months; the administration of colony No. 15 refuses to provide medical assistance to a political prisoner; relatives of Elena Movshuk, mother of many children, fear for her psychological state; Alexander Ivulin’s sentence was made public; the doctor, who provided assistance to victims of torture at Akrestsin detention centre, was tried.

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January 10 - January 16

Weekly roundup: a political prisoner living with a mental illness was denied pardon; 10 political prisoners will be tried for the events of 2016-2020; introduction of criminal liability for the collection of funds to help pay fines; Belarusian arrested for comment in support of protests in Kazakhstan

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January 03 - January 09

Weekly roundup: political prisoner Dmitriy Dudoits committed suicide; political prisoner and activist of “European Belarus” needs an urgent liver transplant; a political prisoner and mother of multiple children needs psychological help; Tatyana Baturo left Belarus and is now safe

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December 27 - January 02

Weekly roundup: a political prisoner was diagnosed with acute heart failure and went on medical strike; the growing trend of punishment of political prisoners - detention conditions are worsening; Russia extradites another Belarusian; the telegram channel of the Viasna human rights organization was recognized as extremist; year-end results

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December 20 - December 26

Weekly roundup: a criminal case was opened against Eduard Babariko; Sofia Sapega was charged under seven articles; new criminal liability for participation in liquidated organizations; anarchists received the longest sentences of any political prisoners

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December 13 - December 19

Weekly roundup: sentences issued in the “Tikhanovsky case” - up to 18 years in an enhanced regime penal colony; Nikolai Dedok is under pressure in prison; Eduard Babariko was not released after 18 months in a pre-trial detention center; blogger Eduard Palchis sentenced to 13 years in prison; Olga Klaskovskaya was sent for a psychiatric examination

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December 06 - December 12

Weekly roundup: Olga Gorbunova was tortured; the number of consecutive administrative arrests is increasing, while the conditions in the temporary detention centre are not suitable for prolonged stays; Marfa Rabkova does not receive medical help; Artem Boyarsky was sentenced to 5 years in an enhanced regime penal colony; the man was sentenced for declaring love to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

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November 29 - December 05

Weekly roundup: Tatyana Batura, who had been arrested after trying to attend Olga Zolotar's trial, was arrested again, she sleeps on the floor; Igor Povarov is tortured with cold in a cell type room; Olga Zolotar was sentenced to 4 years in a general regime penal colony; Members of European Parliament agree to use universal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by the Belarusian regime.

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November 22-28

Weekly roundup: human rights activist Marfa Rabkova faces up to 20 years in prison under 11 articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, the prosecutor asked for maximum sentence for the defendants in the "Tikhanovsky case", Yuriy Kostyuk sentence was changed from “khimiya” to imprisonment, a man with Parkinson's disease and an implanted neurostimulator was beaten during arrest

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November 15-21

Weekly roundup: a young woman was detained and beaten at the District Internal Affairs Department for wanting to attend the trial of the political prisoner Olga Zolotar; mass detentions across the country continue; Olga Gorbunova has been on hunger strike since the day of her arrest; in Belarus 7 children are recognized as political prisoners on the World Children's Day.

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November 8-14

Weekly roundup: The UN recognized that the detention of Sergey Tikhanovsky was illegal, a well-known activist in the field of women's rights protection Olga Gorbunova was detained, political prisoners Anastasia Krupenich-Kondratyeva and Sergey Krupenich were released without explanation, the anniversary of the death of Roman Bondarenko, Maria Kolesnikova has been in solitary confinement for 8 months

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November 1-7

Weekly roundup: anti-COVID measures are used against political prisoners, 10 women went on hunger strike at Akrestsin detention centre, spouses Anastasia Krupenich-Kondratyeva and Sergei Krupenich were convicted for the 9th time in a row, proceedings against 6 representatives of the Belarusian special services for crimes against humanity will begin in Germany

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October 25-31

Weekly roundup: Politzek.me and 14 other civic initiatives announced the expansion of the list of political prisoners, Nikita Yemelyanov went on a hunger strike, lawyers for political prisoners are getting disbarred, Yuriy Prokhorenko suffers from panic attacks and has lost more than 35 kg in jail

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Joint statement of the Belarusian civil society on the political emergency in Belarus and the full number of political prisoners

In the context of ongoing political repressions, police violence and no access to justice in Belarus, up to this moment 188 people were not recognized as political prisoners on the basis of accusations of violence against individuals (against members of security forces) or property. We, together with 14 other organizations, declare that the people are political prisoners and that the current approach to determining the status of a political prisoner must be adjusted. This way, all victims of the regime can receive the necessary assistance, support and rehabilitation in the future.

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October 11-17

Weekly roundup: Woman dies from coronavirus after serving administrative arrest; lawyer of Sergey Tikhanovsky, Nikolay Dedok and Viktor Babariko was suspended from work; 99 days in Akrestsina detention centre for personal correspondence

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October 4-10

Weekly roundup: 79 people were recognized as political prisoners; more than 200 criminal cases were opened in connection with comments on the death of Andrey Zeltser; the accusation against Ales Bialiatski became public; former investigators who supported the protest are sentenced to several years in penal colony

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September 27 - October 3

Weekly roundup: Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs accused the UN of funding the protests; Natalia Hershe was transferred to a men's prison; more than 80 people were detained for commenting on the deaths of Zeltser and a KGB officer; the Supreme Court liquidated the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

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September 20-26

Weekly roundup: Mass arrests of strike participants and members of the Rabochy Rukh (Workers Movement) group; the TV presenter is accused under the same article as Kalesnikova and Znak; Ukrainian citizen sentenced to 3 years in prison; Russian citizen sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for a tweet

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September 13-19

Weekly roundup: Olga Zolotar was charged with two more crimes, criminal investigation into the death of Roman Bondarenko was suspended, Marfa Rabkova's term of detention was extended for another 3 months, 9 years in an enhanced regime penal colony for the inscriptions and stencil of "Pagonya".

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September 6-12

Weekly roundup: sentencing terms announced for Maria Kalesnikava and Maxim Znak, vice-president of the European Parliament became a godmother to a political prisoner, reports on the conditions of detention of political prisoners and repressions against journalists, one more person living with mental health disability was convicted.

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August 30 - September 5

Weekly roundup: Egor Evstratov and Artyom Anischuk are under physical and mental pressure in the penal colony, at least 209 people were detained for political reasons in August, 5 years of “home khimiya” and compulsory psychiatric treatment for an acute reaction to stress caused by being held at a gunpoint and having people in balaclavas break car windows

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August 23-29

Weekly roundup: the Investigative Committee refused to initiate a criminal investigation into complaints that security forces are torturing protesters and subjecting them to unlawful and cruel treatment, political prisoner Ksenia Lutskina with a growing brain tumor does not receive medical care, a former bureaucrat and a security official sentenced to 3 years in prison for supporting the protest

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Belarus: Is death the only way to freedom?

In the short essay on 26 years-lasting political persecutions and political prisoners in Belarus, we encounter the question: is death the only way to freedom? The article was written in the middle of July 2021, following a number of death touches happened to currently politically persecuted Belarusians.

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August 16-22

Weekly roundup: anniversary of the biggest protest in Belarus history, a criminal case was opened against the girlfriend of the deceased Vitaly Shishov, prison sentence issued to Stepan Latypov, the number of convicted in the “round dances case” reached 108 people

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August 9-15

Weekly roundup: one year after the protests against results of the presidential election; mother with an infant sent to a penal colony; ex ambassador of Belarus to Slovakia detained; three people arrested for bringing flowers to the memorial of Aleksander Taraikovski, who was killed during the protests last year.

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August 2-8

Weekly roundup: the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine (BHU) was found hanged, Maria Kalesnikava and Maxim Znak go on trial, Marfa Rabkova’s father died, more than 105 civil society organizations were closed as a result of crackdown.

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July 26 - August 1

Weekly headline: the continuation of the trial of Stepan Latypov and the attempt to forcibly take the athlete Timanovskaya out of the Tokyo Olympics

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July 19-25

Weekly roundup: sweeping closure of more than 50 NGOs, Aleksey Kudin was extradited, the accused in the case of “chat participants” were sentenced, relatives suspect violent cause of Vitold Ashurak's death.

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July 12-18

Weekly roundup: raids and detentions of human rights defenders, activists and journalists took place throughout the country; Nikita Zolotarev’s sentence was extended; verdict issued in the “student case”; care packages from Red Cross are not passed to political prisoners at the Okrestina detention centre.

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July 5-11

Weekly round up: Babariko receives a sentence, independent media under an unprecedented attack, UN special rapporteur on Belarus issues a report, prisoners are not receiving adequate medical help, administrator of group “Letters of solidarity” is arrested.

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June 28 - July 4

Weekly roundup: Prisoners are experiencing serious health problems, sentences issued to anti-fascists and a young mother who terminated a rental contract with the prosecutor.

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June 21-27

Week headlines: switching Roman Protasevich and Sophia Sapega to house arrest, replacement of "khimia" charge with a colony and a request for 15 years in prison for Viktor Babaryka.

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June 14-20

Weekly headlines: recalculation of the terms of detention (downward), deprivation of the disability group for a prisoner with oncology, extension of the detention for human rights activist Marfa Rabkova.

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June 7-13

Week headlines: 5+ years in a strict regime colony for the volunteers of Babariko's headquarters and the unyielding Polina Sharenda-Panasyuk in court.

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May 31 - June 6

Week headlines: the act of self-violence by Stepan Latypov, the deportation of members of the Union of Poles and 26 new political prisoners.

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May 24-30

Week headlines: 49 new political prisoners and the release of Natalia Raentova at the end of her term.

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May 17-23

Week headlines: the attack on TUT.BY, the death of Vitold Ashurok, the hijacking of the plane and Roman Protasevich.

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May 10-16

Week headlines: the beginning of the "student case" trial and 18 years of prison for the former captain of the General Staff.

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