Help in the adaptation of former political prisoner Bulybenko Anastasia. “The case of students”

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My name is Bulybenko Anastasia. I am a former political prisoner, a defendant in the “students' case”, repeatedly convicted in politically motivated cases in Belarus.  I am 21 years old.

In 2020, during the presidential elections, I was 18 years old. Faced with lawlessness, injustice and violence on the part of the government and “law and order” officers, I could not stay away and started to actively participate in peaceful protests. For the first time I could not stay at home on June 18 — the day of Victor Babariko's detention. 

In September 2020, I was detained at the women's “shiny” march. However, I was released the same day. 

After I came out with the white-red-white flag “BNTU” and walked along the main building, I began to be pressured at the university. Constant conversations, threats of expulsion and police. 

On October 17, 2020 I was detained again in Minsk at a student protest against violence (march of youth). I was given 10 days of administrative arrest under Article 23.34 (violation of public order). During the detention I was marked with red paint (forehead and arm). My mother did not know where I was for 5 days, it was simply not reported. 

After serving my sentence I was illegally expelled from the university (BNTU). I signed the order of expulsion with the words “LIVE BELARUS”.  

On November 12, 2020 I was detained by KGB officers under criminal article 342 part 1 (gross violation of public order). “The case of students.” I received 2 years and 6 months of imprisonment and fully served my sentence.

I was released on November 30, 2022, but the persecution by law enforcement agencies continued — I was unreasonably banned from leaving the country, repeatedly summoned to the police and came home. 

I sued the police department and the ban was lifted, but when I left the courthouse I was detained for another 30 days (from April 27 to May 27, 2023) under Articles 19.1 “petty hooliganism” and 24.3 “disobedience”. During this arrest, I was repeatedly threatened, psychologically abused, and verbally forbidden to leave the country, threatening that they would find me.

Immediately after my release (May 27, 2023) I left Belarus for Lithuania.

Because of the last detention, I did not have time to enroll in university this year. It so happened that I finished school, studied one course, blinked — and I am almost 22-year-old girl in a foreign country and without education, who needs psychological rehabilitation.

In the colony I constantly collected feathers and dried flowers to make cards from them and design interesting letters for my mom. That's when I decided that after my release I wanted to start creating epoxy resin jewelry. I managed to try it on rings — I liked it :)

Besides, I have been dancing since childhood. In the colony I did not abandon my hobby. Toward the end of my sentence I was given permission to put on dances for local competitions. I want to continue dancing even now, but in a more in-depth way. 

I need to find myself in this world, to learn to live again, to try something new and, of course, to learn something specialized to work. I want to take courses in SMM and graphic design :) 

I will be very grateful for help in my creative endeavors and of course I will definitely share the results!

How much is needed?


  • SMM courses €400 for 4 months of training — I need to learn social media marketing (SMM) to promote my business.
  • Graphic design courses €1000 — I want to learn how to create attractive designs for my products and improve my professional skills.
  • Language courses €300 for 3 months — improving my language skills will help me to better adapt to a new country and increase my chances of a successful career.
  • Dance classes €360 for 3 months — dancing is my passion and the subscription will help me to continue to develop in this area and find joy in creating.
  • Jewelry materials €500 — These funds will go towards buying materials and tools to start my epoxy resin jewelry making business.

I will be very grateful for your support and am committed to sharing the results of my creative endeavors with you.
Thank you for your kindness and understanding.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 5 813
The collection is over. Сollected: € 5 813