Politically imprisoned editor of Yezhednevnik,

Siarhei Satsuk

, complains in letters to his release that the administration of the pre-trial detention center in Mogilev, where he is awaiting the results of his appeal to the Supreme Court, refuses to give him the cardiac drugs he needs, reports the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

Relatives of Sergei received two letters from him from the pre-trial detention center of prison No. 4 in Mogilev.

He complains that he still does not have the necessary number of pills, as a result, his heart begins to "mischief":

"He became seriously ill, the temperature rose and the sinusitis worsened," his relatives shared with the BAJ monitoring service.

- I am writing that this time I got it thoroughly.

But only when a sharp cough appeared, the doctor gave an antibiotic and even allowed two days of bed rest — an unprecedented relaxation in itself.

Still having problems with the heart, there was an attack of atrial arrhythmia.

The medicine that we sent earlier is not being given, although he regularly goes to see him.

Unfortunately, the painful condition is being ignored," relatives said.

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In order not to abruptly stop taking pills, Siarhei Satsuk had to significantly reduce the dose so that it would be enough for a longer period of time.

But it doesn't help.

However, prison controllers and medical personnel deny the problems and do not even give out what the relatives of the imprisoned journalist provide.

Siarhei Satsuk will spend the next few weeks in the Mogilev prison cell, where he was transferred from Minsk pre-trial detention center No. 1 at the end of last year - his appeal to the Supreme Court is scheduled for February 10.

If the application is not accepted, the prisoner will be transferred to one of the colonies of enhanced regime to serve the 8-year term of imprisonment awarded to him.

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Satsuk on the basis of facts to prove his own innocence.

BAJ learned that he personally drafted the last version of the appeal against the sentence - previously, the journalist had specialized in court topics for a long time, so he knows the nuances no worse than lawyers.

  • Siarhei Satsuk is the former editor-in-chief of the popular Yezhednevnik portal (ej. by), one of the most famous investigators.

    He was detained on December 8, 2021, on the same day access to the ej website was blocked by the decision of the Ministry of Information.


    Until the trial, he was held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 of Minsk, human rights defenders recognized the journalist as a political prisoner.

  • On October 26, 2022, the judge of the Minsk City Court, Sviatlana Bandarenko, sentenced Syarhei Satsuk to 8 years in a prison under a strict regime and a fine equivalent to 16,000 rubles, charging him with three criminal articles: "receiving a bribe" (Art. 430 of the Criminal Code), "inciting enmity" (Art. 130 of the Criminal Code), "exceeding authority or official powers" (Article 426 of the Criminal Code).

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