Support for a political emigrant fleeing criminal prosecution

  • Story

My name is Victor and I have been an active opponent of the existing regime since day one. For seven years I headed the Bobruisk organization of the United Civic Party. During the presidential election of 2010 I was a confidant of presidential candidate Yaroslav Romanchuk. 

During my active civic activities, I was repeatedly subjected to various repressions: fines, arrests, damage of personal property, and so on. I participated in the peaceful protest marches of 2020, including driving my own car, and was repeatedly fined for it. Eventually, my car was arrested. 

On December 23, 2021 eight armed OMON riot police with five policemen in civilian clothes stormed into my private home. They physically assaulted me and waved some papers in my face. In the end they confiscated two hundred rubles, my wife's pension, one hundred dollars, a desktop computer, a laptop, telephones, a European Union flag, white-red-white socks, two T-shirts with a Belarussian ornament and a pack of stickers “Pagonya.

Then they brought me to Pinsk and took me to the investigative committee. There I was charged under Article 369 of the Criminal Code and placed in the local TDF. Two days later I was summoned for interrogation, where they told me what I had done to discredit the authorities. It was found out that a year ago I had exhibited portraits of OMON ideologists and officers involved in the repression of civilians. A day later I was released, as the prison was overcrowded, but my release implied a ban on leaving the borders of Belarus. When they found out that I had left Belarus they put me on the wanted list. I would be grateful to everyone who can help me to settle in another country in conditions when my return to Belarus is extremely dangerous. 

How much is needed?

1270€ — renting a flat; buying food for the first time; preparing documents for a visa (consular fee+insurance); paying for the trip.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 474
The collection is over. Сollected: € 474