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Ljudmila Ramanovich

Ljudmila Ramanovich

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After the start of the full-scale invasion in Ukraine, Ljudmila Ramanovich wrote a letter of protest to the website of the Lukashenka Administration.  In her letter, the woman explained to the administration her attitude to the war in Ukraine, that had been unleashed by Russia.  Ljudmila also protested against the participation of Belarus in the fratricidal war.

She reproached Lukashenka for treating the country as if it were his property.  But the country belongs to the whole nation.  And he had no right to invite the Russian army here, even for exercises in such a large number, without the consent of the people.

Lyudmila was detained, and later it turned out that the reason for criminal prosecution of the activist is the word “usurper” from her letter to the Investigative Committee.  The woman was sentenced to one and a half years in prison.  Lyudmila served the full term.

Here is what former political prisoners say about her:

“Lyudmila spoke Belarusian and Ukrainian in the colony.  She mostly joked in Ukrainian.  She told a lot of stories from her youth and tried to cheer us up.  So that somehow we all could relax.  When we met, the difference in age was not felt at all (Ljudmila is 58 years old).  Ljuda was so much on the same page with the youth.

When she was detained, she had two flags at home: white-red-white and red-green.  When Ljudmila was taken from her home, the security forces took only the narional flag, and she took the red-green flag and the Komsomol certificate and went with all this to the police. There she laid out the red-green flag and the certificate, to which the policeman said that she had been brought to the wrong place.  The security forces brought a white-red-white flag, to which the employee said “Ah, it’s all correct then.”  Ljudmila laughed when she told this story.”

Another political prisoner spoke about the fact that Lyudmila hadn’t been bothered by the prison staff:

 “All the employees of the colony knew that Ljuda opposed the war.  She spoke Ukrainian in the colony.  Workers didn’t tell her anything because they new they couldn’t change her mind. But they were clinging to young girls.  The operative could come with the question “Tell me how you managed to become a traitor to the Motherland?”.  And they did it in front of the entire detachment.  When the staff made a remark, such as, too many political prisoners gathered at the smoking area, Ljuda replied: “As many had been injailed, as many gathered”.  And when they asked her at the preventive interview if she had realized everything, she answered that she was perfectly re-educated, no politics, but now she was taught robbery and drug trafficking.”

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