Aassistance to a political prisoner who alone supports her five-year-old daughter and her entire extended family

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My family is me, my five year old daughter Zhenya, my two younger brothers (students), my mom and dad. My mom has been diagnosed with cancer so she is unable to work. My dad was fired from his job six months ago because I am “political”. My middle brother is in paid school and unable to work, and my youngest is only 16 and still struggling to find a high paying job. 

I was sentenced to two and a half years of “domestic chemistry” under Article 342 of the Criminal Code (organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order or actively participating in them) and Article 368 of the Criminal Code (insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus). After I was released from custody in the courtroom, I worked at my former position for another six months. 

However, after the arrest of my boss, one of the conditions for his release was the dismissal of all employees with “political” articles. Only two people from my office were fired. I tried to find a new job for several months, but despite my impeccable work record and many promotions, I faced rejections. Thanks to the help of acquaintances, I was able to get a job, but I found myself in a toxic workplace with constant psychological pressure.

The current job is physically demanding and negatively affects my health. But I can't leave it, as it is necessary to support my whole family. For the last two years we have accumulated a lot of debts and loans, which I cannot pay. Sometimes I don't even have enough money to buy my daughter clothes according to the season.

In this difficult situation, I sincerely ask for help, hoping to improve my family's financial situation.

Collection amount:


BYN 1000 — repayment of debt that accumulated while I was unemployed*.
BYN 800 — repayment of a loan for a TV**.
BYN 900 — buying necessary warm clothes and shoes for a child.
BYN 2000 — buying medicines for the mother
BYN 2000 — partial payment for the brother's education

Decoding of the situation:
*The debt of BYN 1000 was formed due to my dismissal, when the company was forced to get rid of all “politically active” employees. I was left to take care of six family members: my mom with cancer, my two younger brothers who are studying, and my father who was fired because of my situation. All these needs took money: payment for my brother's education, medicines, clothes and shoes for the child, utility bills and other household expenses.

**About the BYN 800 loan: I bought a TV set in installments, as I only had my laptop at home. On the eve of my arrest, I left the laptop for repair with an acquaintance who, assuming my prolonged absence, sold it. My daughter wanted a TV in her room to watch cartoons, so I decided to buy it on credit.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 2 712
The collection is over. Сollected: € 2 712