A resident of the Brest region was convicted of a declaration of love for Tikhanovskaya and red-and-white inscriptions
A resident of the village of Kurshinovichi, Brest region of Belarus, Ossud Alexander Naskatsevich years of “home chemistry” – a punishment associated with the restriction of freedom – for the declaration of love to the politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and red-and-white graffiti on the walls. This was reported by the human rights center Viasna.
According to the case file, from August 1 to August 28, 2021, Pleskatsevich applied inscriptions and drawings in white and red colors on the poles of power lines, the walls of his house and installed at the entrance to the village wooden crosses.
In addition, he made an inscription on a pillar next to his house: “Sveta, I love you.” “Thus, I wanted to show that I like the 2020 presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as a woman,” the defendant explained his actions to the investigator. The man explained that he painted the drawings “for beauty,” as he likes the red and white combination of colors. He stressed that he rather supports the current government than the opposition.
Pleskatsevich's lawyer said that his client has signs of mental illness. The man is officially unemployed, he was being treated for alcohol addiction. At the trial, he pleaded not guilty.
After the presidential elections in August 2020, the Belarusian authorities opened dozens of criminal cases against opposition representatives, journalists and human rights activists. Many of them, like ordinary participants in the demonstrations, were sent to jail, several dozen people received real sentences for their activities.