Four years for political comics

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 20:32 | Posted in Belarus, civil rights | 3 Comments
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As the Belarus oppositional site Charter97.org reported as early as 1st September, the active members of the civil initiative “Third way” were experiencing persecution by the Belarus regime because they were publishing political comics that ridiculed the Lukashenka regime. The Minsk Procurator’s office were preparing a case against the publishers of the comics under accusations of libel against Aleksandr Lukashenka. “Third Way” activists Paval Marozau and Andrei Abozau were in Kiev at that point, seeking support from Ukrainian civil right activists to distribute the political comics through the Internet.

Charter97.org reported late last week that Paval Marozau had been summoned to the prosecuter’s office where he was formally identified as a suspect in libel against the Belarus dictator Lukashenka. The charges were based on material confiscated by the KGB during apartment searches of three members of “Third way” last year.

According to information from well informed sources that I received today, Paval Marozau was about to be arrested at any moment. A high profile civil right lawyer in Minsk had refused to represent him because he regarded the case as hopeless. The lawyer had unofficial information that a show trial against Mr. Marozau was predetermined to end up with a four year imprisonment verdict.

At that point, Paval Marozau managed to escape Belarus through Moscow. He arrived in Tallinn this morning where he was met up by Mr. Silver Meikar, a member of the Estonian Parliament. Mr. Meikar has visited Belarus several times before being sworn in as a MP yesterday. He was also one of the first persons to raise a tent in the demonstration tent camp at Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk after the fabricated presidential election in March this year.

Silver Meikar told me during a session of the Estonian parliament today that Paval Marozau is his close friend. He was glad that Mr. Marozau had managed to escape Belarus, apparently at the very last moment.

“Paval has a one year multiple visa to Estonia”, Mr. Meikar told me, “which will allow him to stay here for the moment. While the Estonian bureacracy is sometimes stif, I hope he could get a work permit and permanent permit of residence within a couple of months.”.

According to Mr. Meikar, Mr. Marozau has an academic degree and he would be interested in joining his fellow Belarus civil right activists in the University of Tartu. 10 Belarus students are attending the university as a part of the Estonian government’s scholarship programme for Belarus students who were expelled from universities because of their political activities.

For all the friends of Paval Marozau who must be concerned about his safety and whereabouts, I am happy to immediate his greetings that he is safe and well. He is staying with Mr. Silver Meikar at the moment and can be reached through the MP’s e-mail silver.meikar@riigikogu.ee.

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  1. Irina Krasovskaja, leader of foundation “We Remember Foundation” took part in Democratic Belarus Friendship Group meeting in Parliament of Estonia today. She gave interesting information about developments in Belarus after the presidential elections in March.

    Pavel and Andrei (a Belarusian student studying in Estonia) were also present and told about the activities and future plans of “Third Way”. At 11 o’clock we are going to meet Minister of Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo to talk about the possibilities how we can quickly give work permit and permanent permit of residence to Pavel.

    I’m very happy to see how everybody is so eager to help our Belarusian friends! 🙂

  2. Please pass my greetings and best wishes to Paval. 😉

  3. […] November 23rd, 2006   (kohtumine Paul-Eerik Rummoga. Vasemalt Andrei, Pavel, Paul-Eerik, Silver. FOTO) TĂ€na hommikul kohtusid Pavel ja Andrei Paul-Eerik Rummoga, et arutada Eestis pikaajaliselt viibimise tehnilisi kĂŒsimusi. Paveli pĂ”genemise kohta kirjutas tĂ€nases PĂ€evalehes Krister Paris ja inglise keelses blogis Larko. Andrei on aga ĂŒks kĂŒmnest tudengist, kes Eestis Ă”pivad. Tema pĂ”genes sarnasel pĂ”hjusel Valgevenest juba poolteist aastat tagasi ning redutas enne Eestisse tulekut Kiievis. Hommikul minu kodus vĂ”ileiba sĂŒĂŒes ĂŒtlesid noormehed, et nii abivalmis ja siirast vastuvĂ”ttu ei oleks nad uskunud ja ammugi kuskil mujal kohanud. See oli tunnustus mitte ainult nende eestlastest sĂ”pradele, vaid ka Paul-Eerik Rummole, Urmas Paetile, Kristiina Ojulandile ja mitmetele teistele poliitikutele. Ilma nende abita ei oleks olnud vĂ”imalik stipendiumivĂ”imaluse loomine, seminaride korraldamine demokraatia eest vĂ”itlevatele valgevenelastele ega ka siin pĂ”genikel pikaajaline elamine/töötamine. Kui Pavel sai aru, et tal on valida kas 4. aastase vanglakaristuse vĂ”i siis pĂ”genemise vahel, vĂ”ttis ta koheselt ĂŒhendust Kellyga. Kellega Sina sellises situatsioonis ĂŒhendust vĂ”taksid? Ikka selle inimesega, keda Sa saad 100% usaldada ning kes teeb kĂ”ik selleks, et abiks olla. Just selline inimene Kelly ongi. Pavel valis oma sihtriigiks Eesti ka seetĂ”ttu, et tema sĂ”ber Andrei oli talle meie kodumaast vĂ€ga positiivse pildi maalinud. Kindlasti on selle positiivse pildi tekkimisele abiks olnud Valgevene toetusgrupi aktiivsed liikmed Kelly, Jevgeni, Jelena ja Krister, Tartu ĂŒliĂ”pilased ning ĂŒldine ĂŒlikoolilinna atmosfÀÀr. PĂ€rast Valgevene teemalist ĂŒmarlauda Avatud Eesti Fondis sĂ”idan Paveli ja Andreiga Tartusse, kus esialgu saab Pavel elada nn: „Meikari pesas”. Minu kampaania staabiks ĂŒĂŒritud korter on vaid ajutine lahendus, sest mida lĂ€hemale 4. mĂ€rts tuleb, seda lĂ€rmakamaks Ă”hkkond seal kujuneb. Seega, kui kellelgi on Tartus mĂ”ni vaba pind, mida saaksime soodsatel tingimustel ĂŒĂŒrida, vĂ”iksite mulle teada anda. Nii saad ka Sina toetada LukaĆĄenka reĆŸiimi eest pĂ”genenud noori. Posted by silver Filed in kommentaar, valgevene, vabadus, pĂ”genikud […]


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