Kavalenka: I appealed for pardon without repentance and admittance of guilt
Euroradio: Syarhei, how did your release
happen? Was it a surprise for you?
Syarhei Kavalenka: It was expected and unexpected at
the same time. I thought it might happen in different ways. I signed the pardon
appeal without repentance or admittance of guild as I am proud of what I've
done. They offered me to write just "I am asking to release me", and
told me I would be released in three days after that. It was on June 25.
Euroradio: However, they did not release
Syarhei Kavalenka: Yes. I realized that it was the
opinion of the colony's administration. I thought I would be released then.
Euroradio: When did you find out about the
Syarhei Kavalenka: The day before yesterday. A
representative of the Pope of Rome came to visit me and Pavel Syramalotau
(anarchist, political prisoner, served punishment together with Syarhei Kavalenka
- Euroradio). We talked with the help of the interpreter. He gave me the best
regards from the Pope, I responded with the same. It was a very good and
pleasant conversation. It was in the morning, and in the afternoon there
arrived papers on release, the copies. The original documents were late so we
waited till yesterday. I was released first and they told me that Pavel would
be the second.
Kavalenka was released from Mahileu colony at about 8 p.m. on September 26. He
was accompanied to the train to Vitsebsk. Syarhei Kavalenka's wife, son and
relatives met him at the station in his home city. He served more than a year
of imprisonment for violation of his home confinement sentence.
January 7, 2010 Syarhei Kavalenka hoisted a white-red-white flag on the city
New Year tree in the center of Vitsebsk. After the incident he was arrested and
sentenced to 3 years of home confinement.