In the following years the ex-political prisoners would be under police control
In the following years the ex-political prisoners would be under police control, quotes TUT.BY. Each of the recently released activists would experience ‘preventive surveillance’ for the next 2-5 years of their lives. Preventive surveillance is a control measure aimed at person that has served his/her sentence on the period of time equal to that sentence, and requiring the ex-convicts to notify police on travels, change of address and etc. as well as appear when summoned at the police station.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.