Posted 14 августа 2020, 12:10

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To remember and not to forgive... Eyewitnesses talk about the atrocities of the prison guards in Minsk

14 августа 2020, 12:10
Pain. Horror. Shock. Tears. Anger...

People leaving prisons after the false apology of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus do not intend to forgive anyone, and the beatings, torture and humiliation they have experienced are compared with the methods of the NKVD and the work of SS punishers during the Second World War. The insane idiot arranged a real terror for his people.

Victor Levin

Broadcasting from Prague channel real time and independent of the government sites are live broadcasts from prison, where for the last night released hundreds of detained people in the squares and streets. Contrary to the assurances of the Minister of the Interior, many of the seven thousand arrested citizens are still in dungeons, and their relatives and friends are on duty at the gates of the pre-trial detention center.

It should be noted that the Belarusian civil society is showing miracles of solidarity. Car owners stand with signs offering to take victims of terror home for free. Volunteers and volunteers bring food, medicines, blankets to prisons... Ambulance doctors, having worked their shifts, are on duty at the prisons.

Medical help is not superfluous. In the crowd of relatives, standing for several days, there are elderly and sick people. Those leaving the prisons are exhausted and shocked, many have injuries. People are hungry and dehydrated because many have not eaten for more than a day.

But the worst thing is the stories of those arrested. Even thousands of kilometers from Minsk, viewers of Internet channels cry, listening to eyewitness confessions.

... Here is a woman in her fifties. She voted for Lukashenko in the last elections and has never been an enemy of the regime. Her son, twenty-three years old, who was peacefully sitting alone at a bus stop, was pushed into an OMON minivan. Beaten to a pulp. Then she was taken to the police department, where they beat her and threatened with imprisonment for five years, then to a pre-trial detention center, to a cell for ten people, where fifty people languished... When asked if she could accept the Minister of Internal Affairs' apology, the woman angrily replies - NEVER. And he will never vote for a mustachioed fascist.

However, the woman was still lucky. She somehow found out exactly where his son was being held. But many of those standing at the gates of the prison do not AT ALL know about the fate of their loved ones. This is a classic trick of Stalin's murderers - to keep relatives in complete ignorance.

Where to go if there is no communication with the jailers?

How not to go crazy with long expectations? How to banish thoughts of the worst?..

Since yesterday evening, one of the most shocking stories has been the confession of a girl in her twenties with red hair. They seized her on one of the central streets of Minsk, beat her with clubs in the OMON bus, threatened her with jail for many years and that right now they would let her go in a circle ”. The girl's jeans have already been removed...

- Why me SO? For what??? - the girl shouts into the correspondent's microphone...

Blogger Yelena Kovalevskaya publishes evidence of how Lukashenko backed down and began to release illegally detained protesters from prison. Attention is drawn to a monstrous fact: according to one of the newly released girls, she, an ambulance doctor, was pulled out of the car and thrown into a paddy wagon by riot police when she was on call.

“The beatings were just brutal. There was a sea of blood, ”say the women who emerged from the isolation ward. -

And yes, "there was no bullying". For them it is in the order of things..."

“The release of the people detained at the protest actions from the police station to Okrestina Street began at about 22.30. The relatives and friends who await them say that in the first half hour they released about 30 people. People continue to be liberated. TUT.BY journalists asked those who leave about the conditions in which they were kept.

Despite the late hour, a lot of people are standing around the CIP waiting for their loved ones. Volunteer drivers arrive, they offer a ride to those who leave the center.

The first person we meet at the exit is Nikolai. He is from Bobruisk and has been living in Minsk for four years. Refuses to be photographed. He says he was detained on August 9 behind the stele.

- I was at the crossroads, trying to calm the provocateur. There were provocateurs who were pushing the crowd against shields and water cannons, [...] when I pushed one drunk who wanted to throw a bottle, they grabbed me. And then: truncheons, truncheons, batons - and I'm already in the paddy wagon.

Nikolay says that he was “the luckiest one” at Okrestina Street. He immediately got into the cell, spent some days on the street.

“First, I ended up in a cell where there were 24 people, then I was transferred to where there were 46, although the cell had six seats,” the young man describes the environment in which he was kept.

- The next day they jokingly say: "Who wants to take a walk on the street, get some fresh air?" And then it was casually heard: "For the night." I say: "Guys, are you crazy, are you wearing shirts and are you going for a walk at night?" They did this in order to change those who were in the walking area with those who were in the cell.

- Not enough space?

- I understand that yes.

They fed them, says Nikolai, on the second day - they gave them "half a loaf of bread for 20 people." The water was both hot and cold, it was possible to rinse.

- Were you beaten?

“I’m not there, but they beat a lot of people,” Nikolai answers. - We had a calm cell, there were no people who were very indignant. Someone immediately tried to press some buttons, but when we heard how people were being taken out and beaten harshly, we did nothing.

According to Nikolai, "the police themselves do not hit, the riot police are working".

- OMON... It's just... Today I spent the night on the street and heard how a person was beaten, forced to shout: "I love OMON".

- Why did you spend the night on the street?

- I should have been taken to Zhodino. It turned out that my documents were lost, and there were 48 more people whose documents were lost. 300 people left, and two more cars drove off empty because no documents were found.

- Don't clap! - people shout when the next detainees come out of the isolation ward.

You can't clap, because there, behind the high fence, as the audience say, hearing the applause, people will stop letting out. Therefore, everyone stands with the hope that the gates will open, and their loved one will be released.

- Look! Have you seen this? - unfamiliar women rush to the man and show on the phone photos of husbands and brothers.

- This? Yes. Don't worry, he's normal, not broken, - the man answers.

- When did you see? Please remember, this is very important, - the woman begins to cry.

“Today or yesterday”, he doesn’t confidently answer, because there is no concept of “time” in the isolation ward. All things are taken from people, and they are grateful to the volunteers, relatives, who loudly shout time at Okrestina Street, so they have at least some opportunity to orient themselves.

- Did they beat you? - asks the acquaintance of the Minsk resident, who is waiting with her husband's son.

- Yes, just a kapets like. Shouted: "Kill me" - our interlocutor does not want to give his name, he says, the general asked not to talk about this topic. But he shows his blue crippled finger. It is impossible to see the beatings at once: according to those who were in Okrestina Street, they were beaten on the legs, back and buttocks. These body parts are blue and black.

Ambulances constantly drive up to the gate, and those who need medical help are taken to the hospital.

- Egorova Tatyana, - the car slows down near the volunteer, and the driver dictates the names of those who are hospitalized. Many people are simply not on the list, and they are immediately included in them.

It is impossible to drive up to Okrestina Street: there are dozens of cars lined up here, here are relatives, friends of the detainees and volunteers.

- Whom to give? Is there anyone on Surganov? - is heard from the crowd.

Those who come out look confused, they are released without things, phones, wallets, all things remain in the isolation ward. They are immediately given water, hot tea, food and wrapped in a warm blanket. Girls just cry, men just leave without a word. They have bruises and bruises under their clothes.

Basically everyone who comes out after 11pm is women. Among them is the doctor of the ambulance team Anastasia. She says that she was detained on the night of August 12. She and her colleagues helped the injured after work, and when they returned, their car was stopped. The girl at that moment was in a white coat. Today she was given a mask, plaster, peroxide, which she had with her.

“The special forces stopped the car with us, threw it out, put the machine guns to their heads, that's all - and they brought it here,” the girl briefly tells about her detention.

50 people, the doctor continues, were in a cell for four people.

“It's not that we couldn't sleep, we stood some nights because we couldn't sit down”, - she says. - There is no air".

The first day, she continues, they stood in the courtyard for walks. They were not fed here, they were not given water. The first water, says the girl, was given 15 hours later, it was "demanded with scandal and hysteria". On the second day, they brought bread and porridge.

- The guards scoffed and said: "There will be no medical assistance for you, we will throw a grenade at you and everything will be over".

- Did they beat you?

- I am not, but there were girls who were beaten here. They were beaten by the staff on the first floor, who receive everyone here. The guards - it's not clear who.

- And what happened to the men?

“We heard that every night the men were beaten so that they just howled. The poor boys just howled. They were forced to sing the national anthem of Belarus and were beaten at the same time. This is what we heard from the windows every night. The blood froze in my veins from what we heard every night.

- How many days were you given?

- Ten, but today, in some magical way, unknown people arrived who said that it was not clear what was going on here, that [...] they came, called us all, had a conversation, gave papers that we know what we were detained for, and said, "Go home".

At 1.20 at night, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Barsukov appeared near the CIP. He talked to the photographers and quickly walked to the black jeep, not stopping near those who were gathered here. The journalists asked how many detainees would be released today.

“Everyone,” he said as he walked. And he added: "There was no bullying".

In an hour and a half, we counted about 10 ambulances that drove up to Okrestina Street.

Recall that during the protests after the elections, more than 6,700 people were detained, many were beaten, more than 250 ended up in hospitals, two people died..."

It is obvious that the Belarusians will not forget SUCH. They won't forgive. They won't understand. The power of the punishers will surely change. Otherwise it can not be. And every bastard will answer according to the law.

I really want to believe it...


According to eyewitnesses, riot policemen are flaunting that now they receive not 900 rubles, but five thousand. Translated into Russian rubles, this is one hundred and fifty thousand. Thus, Lukashenko spares no money for his Sonder teams and Tontons Macoutes.


But what about the threat of coronavirus in Belarusian prisons, where prisoners stand shoulder to shoulder for days, and air enters the cells only through an open window in the door, through which food is usually given? Or is covid infestation an additional option in the punisher's arsenal?