On the morning of 13 January, police detained six pensioners during Nordic walking in the woods. Now they are in the Pervomaiskiy DSoIA. Konstantin Severinets, the husband of one of the detainees, Tatiana Sevyarynets, gave TUT.BY journalists the details of the incident.
“My wife called me at about 10 o’clock in the morning and managed to say only one thing,’ We are surrounded by people in black.’ Then the connection with her was lost. Later Tatyana called from the Pervomaiskiy ROVD. She said that she and her five friends were detained in the Shpilevsky forest near Vitebsk, in which they walked with Nordic walking sticks,” said Konstantin Severinets.
Among other detainees are pensioners Elena Kosnova, Lyudmila Fominskaya, Lyudmila Volotkevich, Tamara Ilyina, and Raisa Kukhto. All of them are in the police station. “I don’t know the reason why my wife and her friends were detained. I only know that every morning they train with Nordic walking sticks, they walk in the woods,” explained Severinets.
Konstantin and Tatiana Severinets are the parents of activist and opposition politician Pavel Severinets, who is now under investigation in a pre-trial detention centre on Volodarskog Street. His mother was detained more than once and was tried under article 23.34 of the Administrative Code of Belarus [violation of the procedures for organizing or conducting public events – Ed.].