Assistance to former political prisoner Irina Goryashina

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KGB, GUBOPiK, Investigative Committee — all these structures were in my life only because I posted a photo of a law enforcement officer in the Telegram channel.

My name is Irina Goryashina, I am a mom of two girls and a former political prisoner.

I was detained on August 23, 2021 for leaving messages and posting a photo of a law enforcement officer in the telegram channel “Mozyr-97”. I was sent first to the temporary detention center, where they immediately took away my mattress and deprived me of gear. So, almost incommunicado and on bare boards, I spent a month and a half. During this time I went through interrogations, threats and coronavirus on my legs. But none of that compares to the pain I carried from being separated from my girls. After all, 2 months after my arrest, my youngest daughter started having vision and heart problems.

I was hoping that the “court” would sentence me to “home chemistry” (a type of punishment where the convicted person remains free but with restrictions — BYSOL note), but I was sentenced to real imprisonment for 2 years. Everyone was crying in court, but I tried to hold on so as not to upset my loved ones even more.

After my release I could not stay in the country and left Belarus. Now I am in Poland and I am starting everything from scratch.

How much is needed?


Laptop for work (I am a designer) — €1000
Rent for 2 months — €1200
Treatment of my daughter (counseling, maxillary expansion apparatus, braces, eyeglasses, medication, heart examination) — about €2000

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 4 005
The collection is over. Сollected: € 4 005