Belarus Previously missing leader of NGO supporting Belarusian fugitives found dead in Ukraine

Vitaly Shishov, who disappeared while on a morning run, has been found dead. Shishov’s friends have said he had been followed recently.

From Belarus head of the NGO supporting Ukraine in Kiev Vitali Shishov has been found dead, says Ukrainian police. Shishov was previously reported missing when he did not return from his morning run.

According to police, Shishov’s body was found hanged in a park in Kiev. Police have launched a murder investigation into the matter. According to Reuters, police said in a statement that all causes of death are being investigated, but there may be a murder staged as suicide.

According to the NGO, police have investigated an area where Shishov usually jogs, but no trace of the missing person has been found. Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan says On Twitter lost friends said that Shishov had been followed recently.

According to the reporter, the Ukrainian Border Guard has been told of the disappearance.

The organization, led by Shishov, provides assistance to Belarusian immigrants in finding accommodation and jobs, among other things.

Many Belarusians have fled their country since the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko the regime committed violence against protesters last year after the presidential election, which was considered fraudulent. In addition to Ukraine, many Belarusians have headed to Poland and Lithuania.

At the same time with the disappearance of Ukraine at the Tokyo Olympics, the leadership of the Belarusian Olympic team is accused of trying to force its sprinter Krystsina to Tsimanouskaja to return to Belarus after the runner had criticized the country’s sports leadership.

“The Lukashenko regime once again sought to engage in cross-border repression in an attempt to force Tsimanouskaya to leave for the exercise of her freedom of expression. Such actions violate the spirit of the Olympics,” the U.S. Secretary of State commented. Antony Blinken what happened On Twitter.

Poland has issued an entry visa to a Belarusian sprinter on humanitarian grounds, the country’s foreign ministry said on Monday. According to Polish media, Tsimanouskaya is expected to travel from Japan to Poland later this week.

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