The body of a Belarusian activist was found in Kyiv a day after he was reported missing out on, Ukrainian authorities stated on Tuesday.
“Belarusian citizen Vitaly Shishov […] was today found hanged in one of the Kyiv parks, not far from where he lived,” authorities stated in a declaration.
A murder probe has actually been opened, authorities stated, including that they would pursue all leads consisting of a possible “murder disguised as a suicide.”
Shishov heads the Kyiv- based Belarusian House in Ukraine (BDU, a company that assists Belarusians attempting to get away persecution. The company assists them discover lodging, work, and legal services.
Ukraine, like Poland and Lithuania, has actually ended up being a sanctuary for Belarusians, following a crackdown on dissent in their house nation by President Alexander Lukashenko.
Shishov was followed by ‘complete strangers’
Police stated the activist was reported missing out on by his partner when he did not return from his early morning run. Shishov’s buddies stated he had actually been followed by “strangers” just recently while running.
The Belarusian House in Ukraine launched a declaration stating he was under security, and “both local sources and our people in Belarus” have actually informed the group to the possibility of “various provocations, including kidnapping and liquidation.”
“There is no doubt that this was a planned operation by security operatives to liquidate a Belarusian dangerous for the regime. We will continue to fight for the truth about Vitaly’s death,” the group stated.
They included that Shishov was required to relocate to Ukraine in the fall of 2020 after anti-government demonstrations caused a crackdown on dissent in Belarus.
Yury Shchuchko from the Belarusian House in Ukraine informed the AP news company that Shishov was discovered with proof of beating on his face.
He stated Shishov felt he was being enjoyed throughout his runs, including that complete strangers would approach him and attempt to begin a discussion.
“Vitaly asked me to take care of his loved ones, he had a weird feeling,” Shchuchko stated.