“Vika was detained at the end of May and she was charged with two Administrative Code cases. Two photos of her from the Protest rally were found during that time and that was the reason for charging article No 342 of the Criminal Code. Her persecution is 100% revenge for her brother. The criminal case was initiated against Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment creators and participants two days before Vika’s trial. She was sitting in front of the TV with tears in her eyes, saying, ‘That’s it, I’m going to the colony.’ The duration of her trial process was just two hours, including the accusation, reading of the case, witness testimony, debate of the parties, and sentencing. That was nonsense. She told us, and we couldn’t believe it, but she was taken from the court very quickly. She was sentenced to 1.5 years for taking part in three protest rallies. Naturally, that was revenge for her brother, because I was sentenced for the same three episodes in my court case to 1.5 years of restricted freedom under house arrest,” – former female political prisoner Dasha Karol said.
“Vika had to go to GUBOPiK every month, and there were four-hour conversations with her about her brother. She said that it was regular, but she was calm as she didn’t break any laws. Later, it was revealed that she was being tracked, and her chats with her brother on the Telegram app were downloaded. In the chats, she wrote to her brother that she wouldn’t use any violent or forceful methods, but only peaceful ones. That saved her from extra criminal charges, which could have been used against her.”