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SYMPA/BIPART expert Tatiana Kouzina remains in custody after two months. Pre-trial detention extended

30/08/2021 - 12:54

28 August 2021 marked the end of a two-month pretrial detention period for Tatiana Kouzina, a public policy researcher and expert at SYMPA/BIPART. After the initial two months of arrest, Tatiana Kouzina's pre-trial detention should have been either extended or changed to a milder form of restraint. Since our colleague was not released on that day, we assume that her pre-trial detention period has been extended to an indefinite period of time. »

Tatiana Kouzina is recognized as a political prisoner. Belarusian human rights defenders and alumni of SYMPA made statements against the unjustified imprisonment of the expert

28/07/2021 - 13:39

On the 28th of June Tatiana Kouzina, an analyst and expert in the field of public administration in SYMPA/BIPART, a prominent representative of expert community in Belarus, was detained and placed in custody. Later it became known that Tatiana was accused under grave articles of the Criminal Code, which had nothing to do with her professional and teaching activities. Recently, human rights activists recognized Kouzina as a political prisoner and made an open statement for her release. »

SYMPA/BIPART statement on criminal charges against Tatiana Kouzina

14/07/2021 - 21:39

On 14 July 2021, charges against Tatiana Kouzina, a SYMPA/BIPART expert, were made public. In its court sitting schedule for the day, the Minsk City Court referenced the following articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus: Part 1 of Art. 357, Part 3 of Art. 361 and Part 6 of Art. 16.  Part 1 of Art. 357: "Conspiracy or other actions aimed at seizing state power", punishable by imprisonment for a period from eight to 12 years;  »

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama, representatives of Stanford University academic community, and a group of international experts protest the completely unjustified arrest of the Tatiana Kouzina

09/07/2021 - 15:49

The faculty and staff of Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, as well as the undersigned alumni of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program, wish to protest the completely unjustified arrest and pending trial of the researcher Tatiana Kouzina on June 28 by Belarusian authorities. Ms. Kouzina now faces unspecified criminal charges that could lead to her extended detention. »

Call for solidarity and support

05/07/2021 - 18:08

On 28 June 2021, at approximately 10 pm, Belarusian expert and researcher Tatiana Kouzina was detained at passport control of the Minsk National Airport while departing for a short trip to Tbilisi, Georgia. Her whereabouts were unknown for several hours. Next morning, an investigative officer informed Tatiana Kouzina's family that she was held at the Okrestina temporary detention facility in Minsk as a suspect in a criminal investigation. Ms Kouzina's lawyer was able to meet her on 29 June 2021.  »