Ex-contender for the post of President of Belarus Viktor Babariko, sentenced to 14 years, was transferred to the post of a baker in a correctional colony in Novopolotsk. It worsened his working conditions, writes telegram channel Babariko.
According to the channel, throughout August, six days a week, Babariko worked as a stoker in the colony’s bakery. During this time, he earned 6 rubles 41 kopecks, and after the deductions he received 1 ruble and 60 kopecks.
Last week, Babariko was certified in this specialty, but the very next day he was appointed a stacker of bakery products.
At the same time, the working conditions of the politician have deteriorated significantly: the temperature in the bakery, even with the ovens turned off, exceeds 30 degrees, the room is practically not ventilated, and the windows are not allowed to open (although this was allowed before Babariko’s transfer).
According to the channel, his lawyers are going to contact the competent authorities to check the working conditions in the bakery.
On July 6, the Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced the former head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko to 14 years in prison. He was found guilty under two articles of the Criminal Code: accepting a bribe on an especially large scale (part 3 of article 430 of the Criminal Code) and money laundering (part 2 of article 235 of the Criminal Code). He is the only one of the eight defendants in the Belgazprombank case not to plead guilty to all the charges.
The trial was held in a semi-closed mode: relatives were allowed, but without phones and tablets, Babariko’s supporters were not allowed to go to court, and only loyal authorities accredited publications from the media.
In May 2020, Babariko left the post of head of Belgazprombank in connection with the decision to be nominated for the post of President of Belarus. He could not register as a candidate, since a criminal case was opened against him and arrested. At that time, he was considered the main rival of Lukashenka. Together with Babariko, his son Eduard, who was the head of the campaign headquarters, was arrested. He is still in pre-trial detention. The European Union and Germany called on the authorities in Minsk to immediately release Babariko.
Babariko’s lawyer Dmitry Laevsky, after the announcement of the verdict, said that the defense would seek the cancellation of this decision by all possible means. However, the Minsk Bar Association soon expelled Laevsky from its membership, and he can no longer defend Viktor Babariko and other prisoners.