Volha Zalatar

Date of birth: 7 July 1983

Date of detention: 18 March 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code - Creation of an extremist formation

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

Volha Zalatar. Photo: euroradio.fm

Volha Zalatar is an activist and volunteer from Ždanovičy near Minsk. She was an observer in the 2020 elections. Volha graduated from the BSU's Lyceum and the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of BSU. She has five minor children.

Volha was detained on March 18 when she was taking her 10-year-old daughter to a music school. GUBAZIK officers stopped her car around and escorted her home. A search was carried out there, after which Volha was taken to a remand prison, and later transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1.

The press service of the Minsk regional police reported that the woman was detained for her "active protest activity", as she was the administrator of a local chat and organized unauthorized mass events: tea parties, walks, and concerts.

On March 29, Volha was charged with "creating an extremist formation or leading such a formation or a structural unit within it" (Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code).

On March 31, the Partyzanski District Court rejected Volha's lawyer's appeal against the detention order. She remains in the Minsk remand prison No. 1 on Valadarski Street.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

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