A Belarusian activist has been found dead in Kiev – the police are investigating suspected murder. Vitaly Schischow had helped refugees from the Lukashenko regime.
Kiev / Minsk – A well-known Belarusian activist was found dead in neighboring Ukraine *. The case is causing concern: Vitaly Schischow was discovered “hanged” in a park near his apartment in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the Kiev police said on Tuesday. The police announced that they would investigate in all directions. Possible indications that it could be a “murder disguised as a suicide” will also be investigated.
Schischow had suddenly disappeared the day before – he had not returned from a jog on Monday morning. The non-governmental organization Vyasna said, citing friends of Schischow, that the activist had recently been followed by “strangers” while jogging. According to media reports, Schischow also complained about feeling persecuted. Personal items and Schischow’s mobile phone were found near the body, it said.
Lukashenko’s Belarus: Activist Schischow found dead – he helped refugees in Ukraine
From Kiev, Schischow headed the “Belarusian House of Ukraine” organization in the Telegram messenger service – it helps Belarusians in exile to arrive in Ukraine. Shishov’s organization “Belarusian House of Ukraine” spoke of a “planned operation” by the Belarusian leadership to “eliminate” a critic of the government. It is obvious that the Belarusian secret services killed Shishov, who was a “real threat to the regime” in Minsk.
Many Belarusians are fleeing to neighboring Ukraine, Poland or Lithuania in the face of repression in their home country. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled for almost three decades, was declared the winner of the presidential election a year ago despite massive allegations of fraud. Mass protests of historic proportions followed in Belarus – which were brutally suppressed by the security forces.
Belarus: Lukashenko regime sharply criticized – a lot of attention after Olympic scandal a few days ago
In the past few days, the case of the Belarusian Olympic athlete Kristina Timanovskaya caused a stir internationally. Timanovskaya was supposed to be kidnapped from Tokyo after critical remarks about sports officials in her authoritarian homeland. The 24-year-old is now under the protection of the Japanese police and is expected to leave for Poland soon. (AFP / dpa / fn) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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