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  • Mother of imprisoned journalist Larysa Shchyrakova dies

    Larysa Shchyrakova’s mother was 80 years old. She had a severe form of COVID-19 last year and suffered many complications. In her last months she could not move by herself and was bedridden. Larysa’s father, 88, took care of her, RFE/RL Belarus reported.

    The for­mer jour­nal­ist was arrest­ed in Homel on Decem­ber 6, 2022. Her son Svi­ataslau was sent to a children’s home until his father came to take him out of the sys­tem.

    Larysa Shchyrako­va is accused of “dis­cred­it­ing the Repub­lic of Belarus”. It is known that anoth­er crim­i­nal arti­cle was added to the charge. How­ev­er, the lawyer has signed a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment, so the charges are unknown. The case has already been sent to the court for con­sid­er­a­tion. On May 30, Larysa had her first vis­it with her son in Homel prison.

    BAJ express­es its deep­est con­do­lences to the journalist’s fam­i­ly and friends.

    “I stay so that those who have been imprisoned or forced to leave have a place to return to”. Motivations of journalists who choose to stay in Belarus

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