Belarus exile group leader Vitaly Shishov located dead in Kyiv, cops claim

Bradley Martinez/ August 3, 2021

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The head of a Kyiv-based non-profit organisation that aids Belarusians running away persecution has been found dead in a park in the Ukrainian funding, cops

have said.Vitaly Shishov, the head of Belarusian Residence in Ukraine (BDU), was reported missing by his partner on Monday after he did not return from a run as well as can not be reached on his cellphone.

“Belarusian person Vitaly Shishov, who had gone missing out on in Kyiv yesterday, was today found awaited among the Kyiv parks, not much from where he lived,” authorities claimed in a statement, including that they had actually opened a murder investigation as well as would seek all leads consisting of a possible “murder disguised as a self-destruction”.

Good friends of Shishov stated he had been followed by “complete strangers” while jogging recently, the civils rights organisation Viasna claimed on Telegram. The organisation said on Monday it was not able to contact Shishov, who it stated had left his house at 9am (0700 BST) and was meant to have actually returned a hr later.Ukraine, Poland and

Lithuania have come to be safe havens for Belarusians throughout a fierce crackdown by the country’s strongman head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, on any form of dissent because mass demonstrations appeared after in 2014’s contested elections.Belarusian authorities have actually characterised anti-government militants as bad guys or violent revolutionaries backed by the west, defining

the actions of police as sufficient and also necessary.BDU assists Belarusians locate lodging, jobs as well as legal guidance, according to its web site. Shishov’s loss came as the Belarusian professional athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she was compelled

to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics as well as threatened with forced repatriation for criticising her athletics

federation on social media.The sprinter, who was approved an altruistic visa from Poland on Monday, stated she was afraid being imprisoned if she went back to her country, where the authorities have actually targeted the head of state’s opponents, legal rights protestors and also journalists.Her hubby, Arseniy Zdanevich,

informed AFP he had actually taken off from Belarus to Ukraine and also was wishing to join his wife” in the future”. Lukashenko and his child Viktor have actually been prohibited from Olympic events over the targeting of athletes for their political views.The president triggered global outrage in Might

by dispatching a boxer jet to intercept a Ryanair aircraft flying from Greece to Lithuania in order to apprehend an unorthodox onboard.With Reuters and also Agence France-Presse