Sophia was born in 1998 in Vladivostok, but moved to the city of Lida when she was 5 years old. In 2017, she enrolled at YSU in the city of Vilnius. Sophia has always had a keen sense of justice, and the events taking place in Belarus in 2020 — could not leave her indifferent.
In 2021, Sofia had to defend her degree at the university, but the defense never took place. For well-known reasons she ended up in Minsk, where she was detained. Our family spent that year in a constant stress — arrests, pre-trial detention, transfers, lawyers. Recently the court gave Sofia an inconceivable sentence — 6 years of imprisonment. For what?
During this terrible period of time, beginning on May 21, 2021 — our family spent a huge amount of money in savings to save our daughter. For example — one day of work of the lawyer cost us from 300 to 600 rubles. But it wasn't about the money at all. We would give anything for Sofia's freedom. At her trial, in addition to the terrible sentence, Sofya was ordered to pay the victims' claims and court fees.
The most important thing for our family now is to get Sofya out of this horror. When we receive letters from her, we can feel how she is holding on and trying to support us, but we understand that prison and this hard time are breaking our daughter. Maybe it will be a little easier in prison. We really hope that we can help her in some way and we would be grateful to everyone who would give us their support.
How much is needed?
10,000€ — state fees; part of the payment for the lawsuits of the victims.