Mikola Dziadok, a Belarusian political prisoner, journalist, blogger and anarchist movement activist was forcefully detained at his home on November 11, 2020. After that, he was forced to record a video confession and in that video, his face was evidently bruised and beaten.
On November 10, 2021 Dziadok was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by the Minsk City Court. He was found guilty under three articles of the Criminal Code: Art. 342, Art. 361 and Art. 295-3, which are 'Organisation and preparation of actions in gross violation of public order or active participation therein', 'Calls for actions intended to breach national security' and 'Wrongful actions with items which harmful exposure is based on inflammatory agents.'
Aliaksandr Dziadok, Mikola's father, has more than once told the mass media about the pressure inflicted on his son by the prison administration. Mikola was placed in a punitive cell, deprived of the right for correspondence and meetings. Thus, on March 10, 2022, Mikola refused to work at correctional facility No. 9 protesting against being deprived of the right for correspondence and persecution of the inmates in contact with him. The administration punished Dziadok for that by placing him in a ward-type room for four months and the two inmates who stayed in contact with him in punishment isolation cells.
On March 23, 2022, the Ministry of Internal Affairs added Mikola Dedok to the list of persons involved in extremist activities.
On August 23, 2022, Mikola's birthday, administration of the prison in Hrodna extended his term in the punishment isolation cell where he has already spent at least a month and a half.