The father of writer Sasha Filipenko, Alexander, was arrested for 13 days after he was kidnapped from an apartment in Belarus. Filipenko reported this on his Facebook.
It is not specified under what article Filipenko Sr. was arrested. According to the writer, the reason for the persecution was “the reposting of some article from the Mirror.” “Zerkalo” is a Belarusian Russian-language publication, the successor to the blocked TUT.BY. Included in the list of sites prohibited in Belarus.
A day earlier, Filipenko was searched at his home address in Belarus. After the search, his father was taken away by security forces.
“It’s obvious that they are putting pressure on me and want me to stop speaking out in the European press,” Filipenko wrote.
He also said that the security forces had come to his father before: “We had been expecting this to happen for a long time, and there were already signals saying that I should shut up. We discussed with my father for a long time that maybe they need to leave. But he said that he was not guilty of anything. And I am not guilty of anything either: I’m just talking about what’s happening.”
39-year-old Filipenko is a Belarusian Russian-speaking writer originally from Minsk. In recent years he has lived in Switzerland. His works have been translated into more than 10 languages. He wrote scripts for entertainment programs on Channel One, worked on Dozhd and RTVI. Filipenko participated in protests in Minsk in 2020, after the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and condemned Russia’s actions.