Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Ales Bialiatski transferred to Zhodzina prison

Human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, sentenced to 4.5 years in a high security colony for alleged tax evasion on 24 November, has been transferred to the notorious Zhodzina prison.

His wife Natallia learned about it by chance – today she paid a visit to the pre-trial prison where he had been kept, in order to pass him a parcel. The regime in the Zhodzina prison is stricter and the conditions are worse.

Meanwhile, on 29 November Bialiatski's lawyer filed an appeal against the sentence with the Minsk City Court. The day of the trial hasn't been appointed so far.