Human rights activists designated May 21 the Day of the Political Prisoner in Belarus. Currently, over 1,200 people have been officially recognized as political prisoners in the country.
Six Belarusian fighters have died fighting for the liberation of Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Belarusians are fighting both as part of the separate Kastus Kalinouski battalion and in other units of the Ukrainian army.
Russian citizen Sofia Sapega was sentenced to six years in a penal colony. She was arrested along with journalist Raman Pratasevich on 23 May 2021 at the Minsk airport after the Belarusian authorities had forced a Ryanair aircraft to land.
Belarusian journalist, historian and writer Siarhei Ablameika has published an open letter to Boris Akunin, the well-known historical fiction author, in response to his statement that Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians are supposedly “one people”.
The Roosevelt Foundation awarded Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya the Four Freedoms Award for her tireless work as the leader of the peaceful resistance against Lukashenko’s oppressive regime.
Ihar Yankou, a 26-year-old Belarusian, is fighting for Ukraine’s freedom. He has become a commander of the international battalion in Ukraine.
Belarusian activist Alesia Rudnik received the prestigious Swedish “European of the Year” award for her contribution to cooperation between the peoples of Europe with the aim of promoting freedom and peace.