Missing belarusian activist found dead in Ukraine The day after not returning from jogging, Vitali Shishav’s body was found hanging in a park in Kiev. Police have launched an investigation into the murder case.
Police say he was killed and are investigating whether his death was a suicide.
Missing belarusian activist found dead in Ukraine Meanwhile, the Belarusian Olympic runner, fearing his safety, was granted a humanitarian visa by Poland.
Shishov leads the Belarusian House of Ukraine (BHU), a group that helps people who have fled Belarus, where opposition to the government has been suppressed.
He was one of many Belarusians who fled the country after security forces cracked down on protesters following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020.
Belarus’s neighbors Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania are the main destinations for escape from persecution.
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The United Nations has called for an investigation. Sishev’s death will add another dimension to “our concern about what is happening in Belarus.”
Shishov’s death is the latest in a string of encouraging international surveillance of President Lukashenko’s dictatorial government.
At the Tokyo Olympics, sprinter Christina Timanovskaya, 2, received a humanitarian visa from Poland after refusing to instruct the team to return to Belarus soon.
He said he was forcibly taken to the airport for criticizing the team’s coach and his safety was threatened.
International protests against the detention of opposition Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend were forced to roam and land in Belarus earlier this year.
“We were repeatedly warned”
Police said Mr. from the scene. Sishav’s mobile phone and personal belongings were recovered.
They let him know that someone he knew would contact him for information about the last few weeks of his life and the potential threats to his life.
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A colleague said that Mr. Sishoff was thought to have gone out for daily jogging because he left home on Monday morning and later could not find his running gear.
They look for the forest in which they usually roam. They say Srishov has been under surveillance since leaving Belarus last year.
A colleague, Yuri Stuichiko, said police found Mr. Sishav’s face showed signs that he had been beaten.
Shchuchko said the Ukrainian guards and police had personally warned BHU workers about the threat.
“They said they should keep an eye on themselves because the Belarusian KGB [secret police] network was active here,” Shachukko said.
The BHU said in a statement: “Local sources and Belarusians have repeatedly warned of possible provocations, ranging from kidnappings to assassinations, in response to these warnings with stoic and humorous remarks.” Paddy fields.
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Campaign to suppress the opposition
The presidential election held in August last year, Mr. Lukashenko launched a crackdown on opposition to the government. He has been in power since 1994.
The Belarusian opposition and the Western government continued to hold mass protests for weeks after the disputed vote, alleging that it was in favor of Mr Lukashenko.
Protests broke down brutally and thousands were detained.
The United Nations and human rights groups say there have been numerous reports of police violence, enforced disappearances and torture against protesters.
In recent months, Belarusian authorities have sought to remove the remaining allegations, detaining college students and shutting down independent media.
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Opposition leader Svetlana Tihanvskaya, who was arrested in March 2020, claimed victory in the election after taking the place of her politician husband.
The day after the election, she was forced to flee the country with her children and is currently in exile in Lithuania.
On Tuesday, Mrs Tihanovskaya traveled to London for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Later, Mrs. Tihanovskaya said she was confident that Britain’s Mr. Will help create “multiple pressures” on Lukashenko’s government.
He said this would include support for Belarusian journalists, pro-democracy activists and charities who were forced to flee the country.
Earlier, Mrs. Tihanovskaya said that Mr. He was “beaten” by Sishev’s death and worried that “people fleeing Belarus are still unsafe.”