Victoria and Anastasia were first detained on August 10 in Minsk. They could not pass quietly by when people began to be detained. The girls tried to help them by pulling the riot police by the elbows (this is captured on video). Victoria and Anastasia spent three days in the detention center in Zhodzina, after which they were released.
On 19 October police officers picked up Viktoryia right from her home, and Anastasiya was called by phone and summoned to the ROVD. Since then they have been kept in the detention center Volodarka.
Anastasia is charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them) and Article 364 of the Criminal Code (violence or threat of violence against a police officer). Victoria is charged with three criminal articles: art. 342 part 1, art. 364 and Art 363 (Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order).
On April, 1 the Soviet district court sentenced Anastasia to 2 years in prison and Victoria — to 2.5 years in a strict regime colony. However, the verdict has not come into force yet, as the appeals were filed. In addition, Minsktrans sued them for 21,831 BYN. The girls were allegedly on the road and hindered the movement of traffic. According to eyewitnesses, no one was on the road before or during the detention. The case was transferred to civil proceedings.
The girls are very kind, brave and cheerful. They grew up in a large family and their mother raised six daughters alone. The girls' mother is retired, but works hard to help the children. But she has health problems.
Vicky has a worsening thyroid disease, because of which she needs to be examined periodically and take medications. In addition, because of the disease, her hair has fallen out a lot and she had to shave her hair.
Vika graduated from an art school, and Stasya was in her final year at the Belarusian Academy of Art and was one of her best students. She participated in many exhibitions and plein airs, including international ones. After her detention she was expelled. Recently, her friend created a special Instagram page @ stasia.maliuje, where you can see the images she sends from captivity.
How much is needed?
1,500 € — Paying lawyers and material aid for the mother.