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Story of Nikolay Dedok - Face of Protest #13

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Nikolay Dedok — blogger who wrote and shot videos on socio-political topics, a journalist and an activist of the anarchist movement. At the trial he told about the tortures he went through at the time of his detention and after it.

Nikolay Dedok was born on August 23, 1988 in Bragin. He graduated from the BSU Law College. He entered the European Humanities University at the Department of Political Science. On May 27, 2011, he was sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony, in February 2015, Dedok was sentenced to additional 1 year of prison under article 411 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. After his release from the prison he continued his socio-political activities, engaged in journalism and research in the field of political science. Also Nikolay Dedok was restored to EHU under the program "International Politics and Economics", from which he graduated in 2019. He worked as a journalist in the newspaper "New Time", led a number of blogs in social networks and a channel in the Telegram messenger, as well as a Radix video blog dedicated to "revolutionary political analysis, social struggle and anarchism in Belarus". He wrote several books.

In 2020, after the presidential elections, he faced repressive actions of the regime, as did hundreds of thousands of Belarusians. Nikolay was detained on November 11 by officers of the GUBOPIK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. During the arrest, he was severely beaten, pepper gas was sprayed into his eyes. Then he was forced to appear on camera for a video of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After the arrest he was taken to Minsk where he was put with the face down to the floor for four hours. He was tortured — beaten with a baton, beaten with a stun gun on the heels, threatened with rape. He was required to name passwords and administrators of telegram channels.

At the end of June 2021, the trial of Nikolay Dedok began, at which he was able to tell some details of his detention and stay in prison.

-      “...they started beating me up, demanding passwords for my phone and laptop. When the witnesses came and the official search began, I was led from the hall to the kitchen, where an employee of the GUBOPIK was taking out two bottles of yellow liquid, and one was already on the table. I didn't immediately understand what kind of bottle it was until I smelled a sharp smell of gasoline and saw a piece of cloth on top of one of them. I immediately said that it was not mine and that it was thrown to me, to which the employees of GUBOPiK grinned. Four hours later, in Minsk, in the building of the GUBOPIK, after several hours of torture, the official of the GUBOPIK, Ivan Tarasik, when I was lying in handcuffs on the floor of the office, brought these bottles, put them in front of me and began to put the bottle necks in my mouth and then demand that I spit on them. Then he started pushing bottles into my hands and demanded that I squeeze them. And so it is with each bottle. After that, they were individually packed in black bags, as if for garbage. All this was observed by other officials”.

-      “I was asked for the password to the hard drive, I said I didn't remember. Then they started beating me with batons. They beat me on the calves, thighs, buttocks, back and sides. After several refusals, I was told that they would beat me on the genitals and rape me with a baton. They threatened to beat me with a stun gun, they said that they would urinate on me. After four or five beatings, I gave the password to the hard drive. We wrote it down on a piece of paper, but the computer scientist entered it incorrectly, and they began to beat me again. Since one of my hands was unfastened, I tried to close me with it, several fingers were knocked off. An employee in black lifted my leg and began to beat me on the heels with a baton. And so on several times, until the computer scientist entered the password correctly.”

Nikolay was told that he would get 7-9 years in prison. They threatened that if he complained about what had happened in the police station, he would have to face the accusations under Article 411 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (disobedience to the administration of the colony).

It is also known that threats were made to the relatives of Nikolay Dedok. After the detention anonymous users wrote to them in messengers that the worst thing was waiting for Nikolay in prison, that they would kill him in the colony and write him off for heart problems.

Currently, the trial of Nikolay Dedok is continuing. He is recognized as a political prisoner by human rights organizations.