Violent Attack on Free Theatre Belarus Writer

Nikolay Khalezin, playwriter for Free Theatre Belarus, and his family was victimized by a “spetsnaz” officer on May 10 on their way to see Khalezin and his wife off to London. 

Khalezin writes (translated by Charter 97 News Center) that both he himself, his brother and his 70-year old father-in-law professor Andrei Kalyada recieved blows from the upset officer, who later claimed that he was upset from dropping off his sister at the train station. Apart from Khalezin’s wife their oldest daughter witnessed her father, uncle and grandfather being beaten.

Khalezin has for long felt that telling the media everything has been the best protection for him and his family, but seems to reconsider after this event.



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