On May 20, Svaboda journalist and political prisoner

Ihar Losik

turns 30.

Radio Liberty President

Jamie Fly

said:

“It is unacceptable that Igor spends another birthday in prison, away from his wife and daughter.

We call on the Belarusian authorities to end this parody of justice and release Igor immediately. "

We recall other figures from the life of our colleague at large and behind bars.

"Ihar asked me to put something sweeter and something tastier in the holiday show," says the wife of the political prisoner

Darya Losik

.

- So that he could also treat his cellmates.

And to celebrate it at least in the conditions of the pre-trial detention center. "

This is Igor's second birthday behind bars.

A year ago, on May 20, he was transferred from the pre-trial detention center № 8 Zhodzina to the pre-trial detention center-3 in Homel, where the trial in Ihar's case later began.

Igor Losik

In addition to the transfer of sweets, says Daria, Igor had another request to her in connection with the celebration of the 30th anniversary.

This time very private.

"Igor asked to give him my new, fresh photos, which he does not have yet," said Daria.

- He said it would be a gift for him.

Of course, I would like to give a lot to Igor, pass it on to him.

But, unfortunately, it is impossible.

I will try to take photos tomorrow in Gomel, I will pass them on with the transfer together.

Ordinary photos, no photo shoot will be.

Igor just asked for new pictures.

I recently gave him my photos, there were about 15 pieces.

But they accepted only two, it is impossible to pass more at once. "

According to Daria Losik, her husband still receives letters only from his closest relatives.

Envelopes, postcards and even telegrams from other people almost never reach him.

People who would like to congratulate Igor on holiday parcels have already contacted Darya.

She says that the surest way to do it is to transfer money to the so-called "atavarka", for which Ihar will be able to buy something in the pre-trial detention center.

Igor Losik can be congratulated at the pre-trial detention center-3, 246003, Gomel,

Knizhnaya Street, 1A

.

To the 30th anniversary of Igor Losik, we mention a few more figures related to the persecution of our colleague.

Political prisoner Ihar Losik and his wife Darya Losik

695 days behind bars

Igor Losik was arrested on the morning of June 25, 2020, he has been in prison for 695 days.

The political prisoner has been in the pre-trial detention center all this time, although more than six months have passed since the verdict.

The Supreme Court will consider the appeal of Ihar and other political prisoners who were tried together with him on May 31.

After that, the journalist of Svaboda will probably be sent to the place of execution - a penal colony.

It is still unknown where Igor will be.

173 days trial

The trial in Ihar Losik's case started only a year after his detention.

Igor was tried behind closed doors in the pre-trial detention center-3 in Homel, even his wife Darya and the journalist's parents were not allowed to attend the trial.

Along with Ihar, blogger and politician

Syarhei Tikhanouski

, politician

Mikola Statkevich

, blogger

Uladzimir Tsyhanovich

, as well as Tikhanouski's associates

Artsyom Sakau

and

Dzmitry

Popou were on the dock .

Igor was not personally acquainted with any of them before the trial.

According to Ihar Darya's wife, the name "Losik" was mentioned only a few times during the whole trial.

4 prisons

Ihar Losik changed so many places of imprisonment during his imprisonment.

Immediately after his arrest, he spent some time in the Baranavichy pre-trial detention center, from where the journalist was transferred to the pre-trial detention center No. 1 on Valadarski Street in Minsk.

Igor was taken to Zhodzina remand prison shortly after the 2020 election.

He spent most of his time in the pre-trial detention center No. 3 in Gomel, where he has been held for almost a year.

15 years in a penal colony

Such a sentence was announced to Igor on December 14, 2021.

This was the only court session that Igor's wife Daria was able to attend.

Igor was found guilty under three charges - inciting social hatred, organizing riots and other "crimes".

The journalist himself did not admit guilt, he insists on his innocence.

Only Mikola Statkevich received less than Ihar Losik in this trial - 14 years in prison.

However, the politician will serve his term under a special regime, which actually means a closed prison.

42 days of hunger strike

On December 15, 2020, Ihar Losik refused to eat at the Zhodzina remand prison.

It came after he was charged again with plotting to take part in riots.

On the same day, Darya Losik went on a hunger strike in solidarity with her husband. She had not eaten for almost a week.

After refusing to eat, Ihar was transferred to a cell with all-day video surveillance.

After some time, the political prisoner started to have health problems.

Igor started eating only on the 42nd day.

This is one of the longest hunger strikes in the history of Belarus.

Igor Losik went on hunger strike for the second time in the spring of 2021, when he was charged under the third article.

It lasted several days.

661 days in a row he did not see his daughter Paulina

At the time of Igor's arrest, his daughter Pavlina was two years and five months old.

For the first time after the detention the political prisoner saw his daughter only 661 days later - on April 15, 2022, in the meeting room of the Homel pre-trial detention center-3.

"I asked for a meeting, and I was given one," said Daria Losik about the meeting.

- I'll tell you honestly, I was more worried today than when I was going to the verdict.

Then everything was very clear, I knew what to prepare for.

And she knew that nothing good would come of it.

But today I was in such a misunderstanding for two reasons.

The first is Peacock: she is 3.5 years old, and I did not know how she would react to the fact that she had not seen Dad for so long that Dad was sitting behind two glass panes and bars.

Can't play with her.

Secondly, I was worried about Igor, for him it is very emotionally difficult.

And he didn't know until the last moment that we would come with Pavlina. "

85 days restriction of correspondence

As of February 24, 2022, Igor has not received letters from anyone but five people, including his closest relatives.

Correspondence was severely restricted after the start of the war in Ukraine, the reasons for the restriction are not explained.

Not only Ihar Losik, but also other political prisoners do not receive letters.

According to relatives, problems with correspondence have arisen before, correspondence was severely delayed due to the coronavirus, as well as due to the lack of censors in the workplace.

However, the delays in receiving the letters have never been so long.

Criminal prosecution of Igor Losik

Criminal charges under Part 1 of Art.

342 of the Criminal Code ("preparation for violation of public order") and Part 2 of Art.

293 ("preparation for participation in riots").

Losik was detained on June 25, 2020 after a search of a house in Baranavichy.

At that time, 167,000 people had subscribed to his telegram channel RB Brain.

Igor Losik actively covered the events of the presidential election in Belarus.

Human rights activists have recognized him a political prisoner.

On December 15, after the second indictment, Ihar Losik went on a hunger strike and held it until January 25.

On March 11, 2021, Losik was charged again.

As a sign of protest, Ihar injured his wrist in front of a lawyer and an investigator, and went on a hunger strike.

For this, Losik was placed in the Zhodzina remand prison.

He spent five days there, four of which were on a dry hunger strike.

It is unknown under which article Losik was charged.

His lawyer Dmitry Lepretar signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Igor's wife and two-year-old daughter are waiting for him at home.

The wife came to the closed court and was on duty near the building, not even having a chance to go and attend the trial.

On December 14, Judge

Mikalai Dolia

sentenced 6 defendants in the pre-trial detention center No. 3 in Homel:

  • Igor Losik

    was sentenced to 15 years in prison,

  • Artsyom Sakau

    is 16 years old,

  • Mikola Statkevich

    is 14 years old,

  • Dmitry Popov

    is 16 years old,

  • Sergei Tikhonovsky

    - 18 years old,

  • Uladzimir Tsyhanovich

    was sentenced to 15 years in prison.