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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President

Despite promising statements condemning violence from some universities in August, even before the start of the school year it became clear that there would be pressure on active students and teachers. The Belarusian Students' Association and the Student Initiative Group have prepared a review of the pressure on students. We supplement it with cases of fired teachers.


Over the past 5 months of the school year, the Belarusian Students' Association and the Student Initiative Group have collected evidence of 415 detained students.

In some cases, the outcome of the detention is unknown, but at least 103 people received administrative penalties in the form of short-term arrest, and at least 64 people in the form of fines.

27 people became suspects in criminal cases investigation. On Thursday, November 12, Ksenia Syramalot, Yahor Kanetski, Gleb Finzer, Yana Arabeika, Kasya Budko, Maria Kalenik, Victoria Grankovskaya, Ilya Trakhtenberg, and Anastasia Bulybenko were detained. Alana Gebremaryam, a member of the BSA Board, was also detained. Cases have been filed since September on 15 other students, among them the public cases of Akihira Gaevsky-Ganada, Marfa Rabkova and Anastasia Dudina.

For a long time the most blatant case of administrative arrest was the case of Zmitser Mazura, a BSUIR student who was abducted near the university and sentenced first to 23 days in jail and then to 15 more. In total, Zmitser spent 38 days under arrest. But this sad record was broken on November 27 by Jan Solanovich, also a BSUIR student, who was sentenced to 114 days of administrative arrest. On January 29 Jan was unexpectedly released

The average term of arrest is 12 days, and fines - 13.5 b.v. (364,5 BYN, about 140 USD). For comparison, the minimum scholarship in a number of universities is 77.08 BYN (about 30 USD).

Administrative pressure was not the main goal of the analysis, but at least 273 such cases were reported, 135 of which resulted in expulsions.

Pressure on teachers

According to the pressure on teachers, the collected data show about 102 teachers of different universities who were subjected to pressure from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or their university (among them 42 BSU, 11 BSUIR, 9 MDLU, 3 BSPU, 6 BSUKM). Public cases are collected by us in the table below:

Name Pressure from MIA Pressure from HEI
Sviatlana Volchak, coordinator of the strike committee of the Belarusian State University, lecturer at the Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technologies, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of administrative arrest, repeatedly sentenced to 14 days of arrest Contract wasn't prolonged
Maksim Shundalau - Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Optics, BSU (Minsk) 20 b.v. of fine (540 BYN, about 210 USD)  
Andrey Viaryha - Senior Lecturer of the Department of Architecture and Head of the Department of Design and Brand Management, PSU (Navapolatsk) 20 b.v. of fine, re-detained for an administrative case  
Natallia Suslava - Associate Professor of Russian and World Literature, GSU of F. Skaryna (Gomel) 8 days of administrative arrest  
Vadzim Antsipau - teacher of philosophy, BSUIR (Minsk) 15 days of administrative arrest  
Yanka Tratsiak - Associate Professor of Grodno State University. J. Kupala (Hrodna)   Is forced to resign
Paval Barkouski - Associate Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences Faculty, BSU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Zoja Belakhvostsik - People's Artist of Belarus, Lecturer at the Academy of Arts (Minsk)   Fired
Hanna Davidovich - Associate Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences Faculty, BSU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Yulia Matusevich - Lecturer at the Laboratory of Practical Training, BSMU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Artsiom Ziatsikau - Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, BSMU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Mikalai Strakha - Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Methods of Teaching Geography, BSPU (Minsk)   Fired
Vadzim Bialjavets - Associate Professor of the Faculty of History, BSU (Minsk) Was arrested, taken to police station, released without protocol  
Aliaksey Smalianchuk - professor of Warsaw University 10 b.v. of fine (270 BYN, 100 USD)  
Volha Shparaha - head of "Modern society, etics and politics" concentration, Liberal Arts College ECLAB 15 days of arrest, one more protocol. She left the country.  
Alyaksandr Tsylindz - surgeon of Grodno University Clinic, GrSMU (Hrodna) Is waiting for the trial  
Zmitser Matuiza - Senior Lecturer, Department of Management of Social and Cultural Activities, BSUCA (Minsk)   Contract wasn't prolonged
Mikhail Mishkevich - Dean of the Faculty of International Business Communications, BSEU (Minsk)   Fired
Maryna Lukashevich - Dean of the Faculty of Computer Systems and Networks, BSUIR (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Valery Prytkou - Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, BSUIR (Minsk)   Is deprived of position
Julia Safronova - MSLU (Minsk)   Fired
Anna Ablava - MSLU (Minsk)   Fired
Ksenia Katkova - MSLU (Minsk)   Fired
Natalia Dulina - Associate Professor of the Italian Language Department, MSLU (Minsk) 14 days of arrest Fired
Maya Gavruchenkova - Lecturer, Department of Humanities, BSUIR (Minsk)   Fired
Alena Lukashanets - Professor of the Department of General Linguistics, MSLU (Minsk)   Resign in solidarity
Yuliya Belabrudova - Lecturer, Department of Translation Theory and Practice, MSLU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Siarhei Morozau - Associate Professor of Journalism, Kupala State University of Grodno (Hrodna)   Resign in solidarity
Fiodar Kandyranda - Lecturer of the General Military Faculty, Military Academy (Minsk)   Fired
Tatiana Sinitsa - Associate Professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, BSU (Minsk) 30 b.v. of fine (810 BYN, about 310 USD)  
Mikhail Kudeiko - Associate Professor of Management and Educational Technologies, Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining BSPU (Minsk) Trial result unknown  
Dzyanis Tushinski - lecturer at the Faculty of International Relations, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of arrest  
Olga Filatchenkova - Lecturer, Department of Information Technology Software, BSUIR (Minsk) Detained as part of a criminal case under Art. 342, the house was searched  
Uladizmir Lukyanenka - Dean of the Faculty of Automated and Information Systems, BSUIR (Minsk)   Is deprived of position and forced to resign lately
Yahor Prystauka - Associate Professor, Department of Classical Philology, Faculty of Philology, BSU (Minsk)   Contract wasn't prolonged
Vasil Peravozchykau - Senior Lecturer, Department of Information and Computer Systems Design, BSUIR (Minsk)   Fired
Julia Pashkouskaya - Senior Lecturer at the Department of Engineer Psychology and Ergonomics, BSUIR (Minsk) Is waiting for the trial  
Aliaksandr Lahonenka - Associate Professor of the Biological Faculty, BSU (Minsk) 30 b.v. of fine (810 BYN, about 310 USD)  
Vasily Khomich - Associate Professor of the Department of Informatics and Computer Systems RPCTF, BSU (Minsk) Trial result unknown  
Alena Dym - Lecturer at the Department of Theory and Practice of Translation at FSС, BSU (Minsk) Trial result unknown  
Kiryl Dalgarukau - Lecturer at the Department of Physical Education and Sports, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of arrest  
Volha Palukoshka - Head of the Scientific and Educational Laboratory of the Philological Faculty, BSU (Minsk) Trial result unknown  
Elena Logovaya - Assistant at the Department of Epidemiology, BSMU (Minsk)   Resign in solidarity
Aleh Urkel - Lecturer of the Department of Physical Education, BSUCA (Minsk)   Resign in solidarity
Yauhen Malikau - Lecturer, BelSUT (Homiel) 5 days of arrest Fired
Vadzim Belski - Lecturer. GSU (Homiel) 3 days of arrest  
Dzianis Kandakou - Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, PSU (Polotsk)   Left his position
Yauhen Charnyausky - Deputy Director for Research at the Research Institute of Physical and Chemical Problems, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of arrest  
Zmicier Kruk - Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, BSU (Minsk) until September 2020; senior researcher at BEROC 15 days of arrest  
Tatsiana Yufanava - Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Heat Power Engineering, GSTU (Gomel) Fine Is forced to resign
Sergey Stakhovsky - Lecturer of the Department of Informatics, FCSIS, BSUIR (Minsk) 12 days of arrest  
Raman Azarchyk - Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Information Technologies, BSTU (Minsk) 30 b.v. of fine (810 BYN, about 310 USD)  
Angela Gaiduchyk - teacher at the Department of Physical Education, BSUIR (Minsk) 12 days of arrest  
Valiantisn Askirka - Senior Lecturer, Department of General Physics, Faculty of Physics and Technology, Grodno State University (Hrodna)   Contract wasn't prolonged
Yuliya Savich - teacher, BSAA (Minsk)   Contract wasn't prolonged
Aliaksei Strelnikau - employee of the Center for Experimental Directing, BSAM (Minsk)   Fired
Natallya Liavanava - employee of the Center for Experimental Directing, BSAM (Minsk)   Fired
Kseniya Kniazeva - Senior Lecturer, BSAA (Minsk)   Contract wasn't prolonged
Viktar Yakubau - Associate Professor, Department of Social Communications, PSU (Navapolatsk) 15 days of arrest, repeatedly sentenced to another 15 days of arrest  
Illya Karusejchyk - Lecturer at the Faculty of Physics, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of arrest  
Vital Arabey - Associate Professor of the Faculty of Architecture, BNTU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Alena Knyha - Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Architecture, BNTU (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Paval Piatrou - Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Electronics and Nanotechnologies, Faculty of Radiophysics and Computer Technologies, BSU (Minsk) 15 days of arrest  
Volha Kavaleuskaya - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Geography, BSU (Minsk) Is waiting for the trial  
Aliaksandra Maiseeu - Assistant Professor of General and Orthopedic Dentistry, VSMU (Vitebsk) 8 b.v. of fine (232 BYN, about 90 USD) Fired
Yulia Charniauskaya - Professor of the Department of Management of Socio-Cultural Activities of the Faculty of Cultural Studies and Socio-Cultural Activities, BSUCA (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Vitaly Mikhailau - Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Methodology of Teaching Humanities, Faculty of Cultural Studies and Socio-Cultural Activities, BSUCA (Minsk)   Is forced to resign
Lilia Ilyushina - Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Methodology of Teaching Humanities, Faculty of Cultural Studies and Socio-Cultural Activities, BSUCA (Minsk)   Is forced to resign

In addition, 9 rectors of universities and academies were fired.

Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee condemns any kind of pressure on the academic community and calls for the immediate observance of academic freedoms and human rights.