Updated at 22:06,23-05-2018

Zmitser Bandarenka taken to medical unit. Temporarily


Zmitser Bandarenka, the coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, has been transferred to the prison medical unit from barracks.

Oppositionist’s wife Volha Bandarenka had a short telephone talk with her husband.

"He was transferred to the medical unit only for two weeks, though he was earlier promised he would remain there all the time. He was transferred to barracks, where inmates must work. It’s clear why it was done," Volha Bandarenka told Radio Liberty.

Zmitser Bandarenka has serious problems with his back. He underwent a surgery in prison that requires some months of rehabilitation under medical supervision. Instead, Bandarenka was transferred to a penal colony in Mahilou. He has been taken to the medical unit for the second time.

Volha Bandarenka thinks prison authorities still try to persuade her husband to apply for a pardon using Bandarenka’s problems with health as an instrument of pressure.