Aleh Byabenin Death - Suicide or Murder?

12.05.2011 Source: Press Service of Belarusian Association of Journalists Story: Unsolved cases

Aleh Byabenin died in suspicious circumstances. On 3 September 2010, he was found by his brother and his friends hanging from the stairway of his country house outside of Minsk.

The authorities claimed immediately that an autopsy established that Byabenin had committed suicide. There was no any note left. The forensic examination was prolonged several times, but finally the official statement concluded suicide.

The OCSE experts confirmed the statement, but underlined that they were not authorized to conduct their own investigation and guided only by the materials provided by the police investigation. There was no exhumation of his body. In the meantime, many of his friend and colleagues disagree with the official statement.

Those who saw the dead body claim there were signs of violence. Journalists emphasize the fact that that Biabenin was part of the pre-election team of Andrey Sannikau, the main opponent of Lukashenka, leader of the public campaign “European Belarus”. Some of the journalists who voiced their doubts about the official statement received threats.