Nasha Niva reports about the arrest of Maryna Adamovich, the wife of Belarusian political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich. According to human rights defenders, today, January 23, enforcers searched at least 60 relatives of political prisoners and former political prisoners. It is known that today a 76-year-old famous activist from Vitsiebsk, Barys Khamaida, was also arrested.
Barys Khamaida / Ratsiya
Some people are detained after the searches, while others are released. Viasna human rights center reported that detentions of some relatives of political prisoners and former political prisoners were related to the INeedHelpBY project, which was recently recognized as ‘extremist’. KGB officers said this to several detainees.
Human rights defenders also report that the enforcers’ orders include the articles «financing» and «participation in extremist formations». The INeedHelpBY initiative helps victims of repression with food.
In addition, Zerkalo’s sources said that among those visited by enforcers today were members of one of the closed chat rooms, where relatives of political prisoners and ex-political prisoners discussed everyday issues. According to the source, they were particularly interested in those who wrote about help from BYSOL in the chat room.