Head of Belarusian activist group discovered HANGED in Ukrainian park after vanishing whereas out jogging, Kiev cops open ‘murder’ probe

Vitaly Shishov, the pinnacle of an association of Belarusians living overseas in Ukraine, has been discovered useless within the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, police say. The activist disappeared whereas out working, sparking fears on-line for his security.

On Tuesday, police within the metropolis confirmed that his physique had been present in a park near his home. In an announcement, officers stated he had been “hanged,” and that his “mobile phone and personal belongings were recovered from the scene.”

Investigators have now launched a prison probe for “premeditated murder” and are asking all those that knew Shishov to return ahead to “provide information about the last weeks of his life, his psycho-emotional state and any possible threats.”

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However, on the identical time, a regulation enforcement supply instructed native information website Strana that the incident regarded like a suicide, and “there are no grounds to say it was staged.” According to the supply, “the girlfriend of the deceased has said that he didn’t show depression or mania, but that doesn’t mean anything.”

The activist, who headed the Belarusian House in Ukraine, representing and supporting those that had left the troubled Eastern European nation, vanished whereas out jogging on Monday.

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In an official assertion, Belarusian House in Ukraine, which has overtly backed the nation’s opposition motion prior to now, defined that “Vitaly was forced to move to Ukraine in the Autumn of 2020, after the Gomel protests in August and further active opposition to those usurping power in Belarus.”

The group stated Shishov “took part in all spheres of activity, providing assistance to those who had to relocate; holding actions against the regime; appealing to state bodies to promote bills to help our compatriots; and forming a diaspora in Ukraine.”

Belarus was rocked by protests after veteran chief Alexander Lukashenko declared victory in final summer season’s presidential election, which the opposition, and plenty of worldwide observers, say was rigged in his favor. Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals took to the streets within the aftermath to demand a brand new election, with police and safety companies staging a violent crackdown on demonstrators. Fearing reprisals, massive numbers of opposition figures and supporters left the nation for different nations within the area, reminiscent of Russia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine.

In May, Lukashenko’s authorities prompted a global diplomatic incident when officers instructed a Ryanair passenger jet transiting by means of Belarusian airspace to land within the capital, Minsk, citing a supposed bomb risk. Once on the tarmac, opposition activist Roman Protasevich and his Russian-citizen girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, have been detained on fees of serving to set up opposition protests. The EU has described the incident as “state-sponsored piracy” and imposed extra sanctions towards the nation.

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