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12.12.2013

Heating turned off in Statkevich's cell 28

8:21, — Politics

Heating turned off in Statkevich's cell

Heating batteries in the political prisoner's cell suddenly broke as cold weather settled.

Radio Racyja learnt it from Maryna Adamovich, the wife of a former presidential candidate. According to her, heating in Mikalai Statkevich's cell and two neighbouring cells hasn't been working for more than four days.

They say it was caused by a failure. I don't know much about heating systems, but I cannot imagine that a failure can affect only three cells. Mikalai said he had received an additional blanket. But he can use it only at night. They watch him during day hours and even tried to punish him for wearing wrong clothes, she said.

Maryna Adamovich learnt from Mikalai Statkevich's letter about regular searched in his cell, also at night, which didn't happen before.

They try to unbalance him with these mean things, the political prisoner's wife says.

Mikalai Statkevich was a presidential candidate in the 2010 election. He was arresred after a protest rally against the fraudulent election on December 19, 2010. More than 700 protesters, among them presidential candidates Andrei Sannikov, Uladzimir Niakliaeu, Ales Mikhalevich and their team members, were arrested.

On May 26, 2011, Minsk's Partyzanski district court sentenced him to 6 years in a medium security correctional facility. Confinement conditions for Statkevich were strengthened last year. He was transferred from correctional colony No. 17 in Shklou to prison No. 4 in Mahilou.

One of his latest letters from prison was confiscated by a prosecutor's office. As it became known later, the politician wrote that political prisoners had received rape threats.

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