Support for Kira, who lost a child after the detention center

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My name is Kira. In 2020 and 2021 I took an active part in protest and volunteer activities. I created a neighborhood initiative called “Slepianka Helping”. As a volunteer, I helped families where someone had been convicted under Article 23.34 and was serving a 24-hour sentence; I supported families with many children who had been subjected to repression; workers who had been illegally fired for going on strike. I created an info-channel to find people “Slepianka Pomoshch”, a chat room for appeals and a fund where Belarusians could help each other and express their civic position. 

I took part in solidarity chains, Sunday and yard marches. Now I have to ask for help myself. On 11.11.2020 I was detained at the solidarity chain and taken to Okrestina. During the detention I was beaten up and subsequently an aneurysm of the occipital artery was formed. On 11/23/2020 I was in court and Judge Karsiuk sentenced me to a fine under Article 23.34 in the amount of 30 bp. I spent the period from February 5, 2021 to August 5, 2021 in pre-trial detention facility #1 in Minsk under Article 342 part 1. 

Because of the torture I suffered in SIZO #1 I lost my child. On August 5th, before the trial I was replaced by the measure of restraint with the personal surety and a travel ban. While I was in detention center #1, a fine under Article 23.34 was automatically deducted from my disability pension. My husband is being held under Article 342 part 1 together with me. 

25.08.21г. We were summoned for questioning under Article 342 part 1, where I was threatened for three hours and forced to give false testimony on ordinary people. If I refused, they would change the article to Article 361. They called an escort, until the lawyer started to assert my rights. 

He had my documents in his hands: that on the eve of the interrogation I had gone to the hospital to see a neurologist. They stated that I needed to be examined and that I had high blood pressure at the time of the appointment. He also mentioned that he had asked for an opportunity to talk to me in person before the interrogation, which he was not given. Because of the above request, he asked to reschedule my interrogation for another day. The investigator agreed to allow me to talk to a lawyer and to move the questioning to another day. My husband and I decided not to wait for either the interrogation or the trial. We were forced to leave Belarus on an urgent basis on that day. 

Since childhood I was diagnosed with cystic dysplasia of both kidneys, IBC, secondary chronic pyelonephritis, latent form. Being outside of Belarus, I have to continue treatment, which is expensive. 

I need help to buy medicine and get settled in a new country for the first time.

How much does Kira Boyarenko need?

4000 € — medicines for 6 months; visits for medical examinations and consultations; food and payment for utilities.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 4 790
The collection is over. Сollected: € 4 790