CASE #448
25 / 03 / 2021 – 09 / 04 / 2021
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to liberty and security of person

Time: daytime

Place/Location: center of Minsk, at the Freedom Day march

Identity of the victim(s): Maria Tikhanova

Identity of the perpetrator(s): undefined

Maria Tikhanova is a 4th-year student at the Directing Department of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a citizen of Belarus. She was walking behind Nina Baginskaya, who was giving an interview to a media organization. Maria was making a documentary about Baginskaya. A police officer came behind Tikhanova, grabbed her by the neck and head and dragged her off.

The video with Maria's interview which feels and looks more like interrogation was published on Youtube by "Sovetskaya Belarus" (Soviet Belarus) outlet. Maria was standing in front of the wall and was visibly scared.

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