Nobel Peace Prize winner transferred to brutal prison in Belarus, says his wife – Times of India

Tallinn (Estonia): Nobel Peace Prize winner Else biliary His wife said Wednesday that he had been transferred to a notoriously brutal prison in Belarus and had not heard from her for a month.
Natalia Pinchuk told The Associated Press that Baliatsky, who is serving a 10-year sentence, has been kept in an information blackout since being transferred to the N9 colony for repeat offenders in the city of Gorky, where inmates are beaten and tortured. is subjected to hard work. ,
Pinchuk said by telephone, “The authorities create intolerable conditions for Ales and keep her in strict informational isolation. She has not had a single letter for a month, nor does she receive my letters.”
In March, a court indicted 60-year-old Baliatsky – Belarus’ top human rights lawyer and one of the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize – and three of his associates on charges of violating public order and financing trafficking.
It was the latest step in a year-old crackdown on the discontent that has gripped the country since 2020.
Baliatsky has spent 20 months behind bars since his arrest in 2021, and Pinchuk is concerned that his health is deteriorating.
“In the most recent letters I see how his penmanship has changed and I see how the situation is deteriorating both in terms of his health and his vision, and I am very concerned about that,” she said. He urged the United Nations to intervene.
The reaction to the harsh punishment of Beliatsky and his three accomplices was Massive protest on 2020 election who gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko Another term in office.
Lukashenko, a longtime ally of the Russian President Vladimir Putin WHO supported Russia’s invasion of UkraineHas ruled the country strictly since 1994. In 2020, during the largest ever protests in Belarus, more than 35,000 people were arrested, and thousands were beaten by the police.
According to Viasana, a human rights center founded by Baliatsky, all four activists have maintained their innocence. He shared the 2022 Peace Prize with Memorial, a leading Russian human rights group, and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties.
Vysna has so far counted 1,516 political prisoners in Belarus. Human rights advocates say the authorities deliberately create intolerable conditions for many of them.
No information on fate of former presidential candidate jailed for 28 days Viktor Babaryka, who was allegedly beaten up in his cell and shifted to a hospital. no one heard from Nikolai StatkevichA prominent opposition figure serving 14 years for 100 days.