Helping an activist in a new country

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My name is Artyom Kovalev and I am from Chechersk.

In 2020, I took part in the election campaign on the side of Sergei and then Svetlana Tihanovsky. Because of this, the police declared a “hunt” for me. I managed to hide and miraculously avoided detention. But my father, Yuri Kovalev, was detained. He was non-stop serving a “day” for participation in protests, and then received a year in jail for “insulting Lukashenka. After that he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital, where he remains to this day. My father was recognized as a political prisoner.

On March 14, 2023, KGB officers came to my house with a search. They were checking my telegram subscriptions and were allegedly looking for weapons and ammunition. During the search they intimidated me with a long sentence, blackmailed my wife, children, and father, who is in the hospital.

They forced me to paint the coat of arms "Pagonya" on the garage door, and recorded a penitential video with me. Later I was shown on BT and ONT as a "sleeper cell" and was called a "fascist" in the district newspaper.

When I was in the TDF, I started having health problems and was taken to the hospital. I escaped from there in shorts and a T-shirt. Thanks to concerned people and BYSOL Foundation, I got to Warsaw through Yerevan, Tbilisi and Kutaisi, and now I am starting my life from scratch.

I work in delivery. Recently a family came to visit me — my wife and two children. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to rent a place for all of us. That's why I have to ask for help from Belarusians and I hope that they will help me.

We will spend the money we raise on rent, buying basic necessities and clothing.

Thank you so much!

How much is needed?


Apartment rent. Clothes, shoes, hygiene products, medicine, toys for children.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 2 047
The collection is over. Сollected: € 2 047