Fundraising to support the repressed Belarusians and Ukrainians during the war

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A former fighter of the “Pagonya” regiment, a member of the public association “Pagonya” (Kiev), was seriously wounded during combat missions. The Belarusian fighter was carrying out a mission of his AFU unit command.

I was convicted under Article 342 — 1.5 years of restriction of liberty with a referral to the PSI. At the moment I am serving my sentence. I was the main source of income for the family. Now my wife and two children are having financial difficulties.

In 2022, when Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine began, I could not stay away and went as a volunteer. I took part in combat operations in Severodonetsk, near Kramatorsk, in the Zaporozhye region. My call sign was Iron. I was part of the aerial reconnaissance group and was engaged in artillery correction.

Was forced to flee Belarus due to repression. There is not enough money to pay for housing in the country of stay. No savings left, now there is a critical issue of eviction due to arrears. I am afraid of being left on the street. I am very much asking for help.

My name is Yan Derzhavtsev. I am a pensioner and activist from Vitebsk. I have been fighting with the regime since 1994. I was forced to leave due to threat to my life and health.

Galina Smirnova was detained on March 24 on the eve of Freedom Day and is being held in the TDF under Article 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (“Detention on direct suspicion of committing a crime”). It is unknown what crime Halina is suspected of. Galina needs urgent help for a lawyer, she needs an urgent operation on her spine, a surgery was scheduled for 13 April in Minsk.

A former fighter of the “Pagonya” regiment, a member of the public association “Pagonya” (Kiev), was seriously wounded during combat missions. The Belarusian fighter was carrying out a mission of his AFU unit command.

In 2022, when Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine began, I could not stay away and went as a volunteer. I took part in combat operations in Severodonetsk, near Kramatorsk, in the Zaporozhye region. My call sign was Iron. I was part of the aerial reconnaissance group and was engaged in artillery correction.

I am a former political prisoner. I was serving my sentence in IK-15, Mogilev. After release my family was in a difficult situation. They have five dependent children, one of whom is two years old. During my time in prison I got debts and credit debts.

Our family is one of thousands who have suffered from the illegal actions of the regime. My husband has been in prison since August 2020. We really need your help to collect parcels.

I am an activist from the city of Ivie. I'm a cultural anthropologist and museologist. Founder and first director of the Museum of National Cultures. Sentenced to two years of home confinement under article 369. She was put on the list of extremists. During my time in prison I didn't change my civic position. Because of this I was constantly subjected to pressure. I was repeatedly placed in a punishment cell.

My name is Yan Derzhavtsev. I am a pensioner and activist from Vitebsk. I have been fighting with the regime since 1994. I was forced to leave due to threat to my life and health.

Galina Smirnova was detained on March 24 on the eve of Freedom Day and is being held in the TDF under Article 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (“Detention on direct suspicion of committing a crime”). It is unknown what crime Halina is suspected of. Galina needs urgent help for a lawyer, she needs an urgent operation on her spine, a surgery was scheduled for 13 April in Minsk.

BYSOL fundraising

Belarus still has a huge number of political prisoners and former political prisoners, many of whom have children. Is it necessary to say that the funds that can be obtained by one of the parents, and sometimes only the grandmother or grandfather, are barely enough to cover household expenses.

BYSOL is announcing a collection to equip squads of Belarussian volunteers who are fighting alongside Ukrainians against our common enemies, Putin and Lukashenko. Belarusians in territorial defense battalions have received weapons and ammunition, but there is a serious shortage of special equipment, protection and tactical medicine.

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“Паспалiтае Рушэньне” is an independent organization that consists of Belarusian volunteers as well as foreign representatives who strive for the liberation of Belarus and Ukraine from Russian occupation and the Lukashenko regime, the establishment of democracy, the restoration of the rule of law, the preservation of independence, territorial integrity, national and cultural revival of the nation and the state.

We raise money for the existence of a house in Warsaw for former political prisoners. The house has been in existence for almost one year, and during that time it has helped rehabilitate dozens of people. Originally the “House of Creators” was a residence for Belarusian artists who had lost their jobs and opportunities for realization.

My name is Aksenov Oleg. I together with a former political prisoner launched IT and marketing courses, where we teach free of charge Belarusians, who due to emigration found themselves in a difficult situation. Each of us has more than 8 years of experience in his field and 4 years of training experience.

Raising funds to rent space so that we can continue to operate our warehouse. Unfortunately, if we do not manage to raise funds for rent, we will be forced to close the project “FreeShop”.

Anksčiau, prieš prasidedant karui, mes ginėme moterų teises bei kovojome su smurtu nukreiptu prieš moteris ir vaikus Ukrainoje. Dabar, prasidėjus karui, mes teikiame tikslinę pagalbą moterims iš pažeidžiamiausių socialinių grupių, įskaitant moteris su mažais vaikais, daugiavaikės moteris, vyresnio amžiaus moteris, moteris su negalia bei LBGTQ bendruomenės atstoves.

Fundraising to support independent journalists and media in Belarus who have suffered from repression. We pay scholarships and grants, support editorial staff. Journalism is not a crime!

Belarusian volunteers in Ukraine need help. It′s hard for them, but they keep working, preserving and developing extremely important ties between our peoples. We are raising funds to support Belarusian volunteers so that they can continue their activities.

“Maysternya Pashtovak Salidarnasci” is a volunteer support service for prisoners with letters and solidarity cards. We create postcards, handwrite your online letters from anywhere in the world and send them to prisoners with the opportunity to receive a response by e-mail.

For their protest against beatings, murders and lawlessness, the athletes paid with careers that they had built all their lives. It is our duty to support them.

We raise money for the existence of a house in Warsaw for former political prisoners. The house has been in existence for almost one year, and during that time it has helped rehabilitate dozens of people. Originally the “House of Creators” was a residence for Belarusian artists who had lost their jobs and opportunities for realization.

Fund´s statistics

As of August 14, 2022

  • 1218 people received aid in emergency relocation
  • 1361 dismissed people were supported
  • 504 fundraisers posted on the website
  • 368 families of political prisoners received aid
  • 25+ initiatives supported by BYSOL
  • 114 veterans received aid
  • 226 courtyard applications received aid
  • 14 strike committees received aid

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In today's article, we want to thank you and tell you about the most important results of the last three months (February-April 2023).