Sviatlana Zyl

former employee of BMZ, released

Date of birth: 29 May 1981

Date of detention: 22 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 356 of the Criminal Code — High treason

Sviatlana Zyl is a former empoyee of Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ).

Zyl was detained on September 22, 2021 after interrogation. The woman was held as part of a criminal investigation into "high treason" (Article 356 of the Criminal Code) involving several employees of Belarusian factories who supported local strikes and were part of the Rabochy Rukh labor rights group. This initiative was labeled as "extremist" on September 21.

On November 12, Zyl was released under a written undertaking not to leave, a personal guarantee and bail.

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g. translate.google.com)

💡 More tips here