Support imprisoned journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau and win original Liverpool FC T-shirt

30.01.2023 Source: Служба маніторынгу Беларускай асацыяцыі журналістаў

BYSOL Fund that is created to support the people persecuted by the Belarusian regime will hold a charity raffle dedicated to the 45th birthday of Andrei Aliaksandrau, a convicted journalist. Participants will compete for a t-shirt from the Liverpool football club, of which the political prisoner has been a big fan.

For media manager Andrei Aliaksandrau, it is his third consecutive birthday that he spends behind bars.

Football takes pride of place among the journalist’s many hobbies. He loves playing the game and has been a fan of the legendary Liverpool team since childhood. In prison, Andrei Aliaksandrau translated the club anthem into the Belarusian language.

Andrei Stryzhak, a co-founder of the BYSOL Foundation, told the BAJ monitoring service that they decided to celebrate the birthday of the close friend and soul mate in an nontrivial way.

“An original Liverpool club T-shirt with Aliaksandrau’s name on the back and squad number 27 – his birthday – will be available within a charity raffle,” Andrei Stryzhak said, specifying that the money collected in the lottery will be spent on supporting Aliaksandrau and families of other political prisoners.

To participate in the campaign, you need to meet the following conditions:

1.   Subscribe to any of BYSOL’s social media pages.

2.   Make a payment on any of BYSOL’s accounts from 25 January to 13 February.

One coupon costs $10, and you can buy as many as you wish, however, the number of them is limited.

Send payment confirmation to BYSOL and receive your lottery number. The T-shirt will be shipped at the expense of the winner.

You can always donate to support the families of political prisoners without participating in the lottery.

Andrei Aliaksandrau and his partner Iryna Zlobina were detained in Minsk on 12 January 2021 and accused of financing protests (parts 1 and 2 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code). In early July 2021, Aliaksandrau was also charged under part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code (high treason).

Last October, Minsk Regional Court sentenced Iryna to 9 years in prison, while Andrei received one of the harshest sentences ever handed down to Belarusian journalists – 14 years in prison.