Alena Talkachova

TUT.BY journalist, released pending trial, fled abroad

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 20 July 1989

Date of detention: 18 May 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 243 of the Criminal Code — Evasion of taxes and fees
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Godparent: Martina Munz, member of the Swiss National Council

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Alena Talkachova is a TUT.BY journalist.

She started working at TUT.BY in 2014. At first, she was a journalist in the Construction and Real Estate section, and a couple of years later she moved to the Money and Power section. Her colleagues described her as a journalist who knew how to ask sharp questions to government officials.

"When one of the colleagues ended up in the police department or a detention center, she was the first to collect things for a parcel, went to the detention center building and tried to help," her colleagues said. The journalist likes working out, jogging and yacht driving. She has a dog named Tony Stark.

Alena Talkachova was arrested on May 18, 2021, as a defendant in the criminal case initiated against TUT.BY for 'tax evasion on an especially large scale' (Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code).

On July 18, 2022, after 14 months of imprisonment, she was released on a non-disclosure bond from remand prison #1 in Minsk

In October 2022, the KGB included Alena Talkachova in the 'List of persons involved in terrorist activities'.

On January 9, 2023, the trial of the case against  TUT.BY, the largest Belarusian independent online media, began in the Minsk City Court. The trial was held behind closed doors from the very beginning. Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich considered the case.

Alena Talkachova, as well as Volha Loika and Katsiaryna Tkachenka, did not appear at the trial because they had gone abroad. As reported by pro-government Telegram channels, separate court proceedings were started against them. They are wanted.

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