Eastern Europe

Zelensky directs law enforcement to grant protection to Belarusian exiles

17:24, 04 August 2021
Zelensky directs law enforcement to grant protection to Belarusian exiles Photo: president.gov.ua

The order comes after the death of Vitaly Shishov who was found hanged in a Kyiv park.


On Wednesday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commanded the country’s security agencies to strengthen the protection of Belarusian refugees who had fled to Ukraine.

"Every Belarusian who might become a victim due to their public political position must receive special and reliable protection", Zelensky said in a statement.

The president directed that the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine create an algorithm to eradicate any danger and diminish the risks the refugees can face.

The direction appears after a growing number of threats to Belarusian activists and especially the death of a Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shishov.

The activist disappeared on Monday after he went jogging and was found hanged in a park in the Ukrainian capital the following day. A police representative has announced that an investigation was launched. Police detectives have indicated that it might be a murder disguised as a suicide.

Shishov was a leader of the Belarusian House in Ukraine. It is a non-government organization that provides aid for Belarusians experiencing Minsk’s repressions.

The Belarusian House presumed that Shishov had been recently haunted.