2012 05/01
Алена Каваленка, Віцебск

Alena Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Alena Kavalenka learned it from the investigator who deals with her husband’s case. On 3 January she had filed an application for a meeting with Siarhei. However, on 5 Janury investigator Yury Volkau mocked at her, saying that in some cases complaints could be considered for up to 10 days.

Alena said that it was not a complaint, but an application and she was going to ask Siarhei to stop his hunger-strike, because he could get in a hospital otherwise.

By the way, such thing happened almost a year ago, when Siarhei hungered to protest against his imprisonment for participation in the street action of 25 March.

At present Siarhei Kavalenka keeps a hunger-strike of protest: he faces up to three years of imprisonment under Article 415 of the Criminal Code, “evasion from serving a criminal penalty”. The activists is charged with violation of the term of personal restraint to which he had been sentenced for hanging out a white-red-white flag on the main New Year Tree of Vitsebsk on 7 January 2010.

Alena Kavalenka also tried to pass drinking water to her husband. Only on 5 January the head of the medical department of the pre-trial prison explained that the water couldn’t be accepted as she could try to poison her husband in such a way, and she could only transfer some money to him so that he would be able to buy drinking water in the prison shop.

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