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Łarysa Ščyrakova

Last update: 17 August 2023
Łarysa Ščyrakova
Born on April 3, 1973. Journalist, local historian, documentary filmmaker, popularizer of history and culture, performer of folk songs, reconstructor of folk rites, coordinator of the project to honor the memory of the repressed Killed and Forgotten.

August 17, 2023

Łarysa Ščyrakovawas was arrested on December 6, 2022, in Homel. Svyatoslav’s 16-year-old son was placed in a socio-pedagogical center in the Gomel district. The ex-husband of Łarysa Ščyrakovatook her son Svyatoslav from the shelter.

On December 16, 2022, Łarysa Ščyrakova was recognized as a political prisoner.

On June 7, 2023, Łarysa Ščyrakova’s mother died, but she was not allowed to attend her funeral.

Łarysa Ščyrakova’s trial began in Homel in a closed session. She was accused of violating Art. 369.1 (discrediting the Republic of Belarus) and Art. 361.4 of the Criminal Code (facilitating an extremist activity). According to the version of the investigators, Łarysa Ščyrakova, “took advantage of the tense public situation and tried to destabilize the situation in the country, uploaded, enabling the publication, and published herself on the Internet, also on destructive resources, materials with false information that discredited the Republic of Belarus” and “carried out collection, creation, processing, storage and transfer of information for Viasna HRC and Belsat TV Channel.

Mail address: Łarysa Ščyrakova, Pre-trial detention center No. 3, 246003, Homel, vulica Knižnaja 1A.