The bond between political prisoners and their families is broken. Belarusians, who lost their freedom months ago, do not see their relatives and miss their children's first steps. A human, whom the life was meant to be shared with, is forcibly taken away. So the emptiness appears. "Stolen people" is a unique photo album of the Belarusian families in 2021, a document of modernity. On May 21, there were 404 political prisoners in Belarus.
Igar Losiks family. Igar, the founder of (Belarus of the Brain) the country's most popular telegram channel at that time, was arrested on June 25, 2020. Since then, he held a hunger strike twice.
Victar Aktsistau's mom, brother and sister. Victar is a 20-year-old student. He got 2.5 years in prison for fighting off a stranger from the riot police on August 10. The injured police officer only received some minor wounds and scratches on his forehead.
Ivan Bagdevich's family. Before the arrest, Ivan was an auto mechanic. He repaired cars and actively helped Angel's rescue team during searching for missing people. Police arrested Ivan right at home in October - for participation in protests - in front of his three little kids, wife and mother.
Pavel Seviarynets' family. Pavel Seviarynets is a leader of the Christian Democrats, one of the founders of the "Young Front." He was detained after a picket to collect signatures at the Kamarouski market on June 7. In the dungeon, he tried to cut his hand in protest against torture.
Parents of Aliaxey and Kim Samysenka, Tagir and their dog. Kim Samysenka, the activist of Dzeya, was detained on November 3. The Investigative Committee concluded that he was an active protest participant and was involved in hacking a computer system of the Minsk City Executive Committee. His brother Aliaxey - an economist in a plastic products company - was taken into custody two days after. Wives and kids of brothers-prisoners are now abroad.
Father of Mariya Kalesnikava. Mariya Kalesnikava - a coordinator of Viktar Babaryka's team and then the closest associate of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - ripped up her passport right on the border with Ukraine when the unknown people tried to drive her away. She was arrested afterwards.
Nataliya Hershe's brother and nephew. Nataliya lived in Switzerland for 12 years (she even has citizenship), but she often visited her relatives in Belarus. She lost her freedom on September 19, during the women's march. While in prison, she went on a hunger strike because she could not get her mail.
Tatsiana and Zmicer Kaneysky's family. A Homel activist of «328» (Mother Movement 328) and a confidant of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Tatyana was arrested a few days before the elections started. Her son Zmicer was arrested on January 28, 2021. Now he is charged with inciting racial, national, religious or other social hatred. He has not yet been recognized as a political prisoner.
Zmicer Galko's family. Police detained the 44-year-old bodybuilder for hitting the video camera of a policeman in civilian clothes while the latter was recording a yard concert. Zmicer was badly injured during the arrest and then sent to the hospital with a head injury.
Styapan Latypau lives by himself. Styapan lives on Changes Square. He got arrested for asking the strangers in masks to introduce themselves while they were removing the mural depicting the symbol of the Belorus protest. The investigators stated that Styapan imported some dangerous chemicals to Belarus and wanted to poison the police. Now neighbours and colleagues are helping the imprisoned man.
Maria Kalenik's parents and sisters. 22-year-old Maria is a student of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. She was arrested in the "student case" on November 12, 2020.
Aliaxey Karatkou's family. Aliaxey is a developer of a MakeML startup. For the first time, he was arrested in July in a queue outside the KGB building when, along with others, he tried to submit a petition to change the restrain measure of Viktar Babaryka. On August 27, Alexey was detained on Independence Square for participating in a peaceful meeting near the church. After his release from Zhodino, he was arrested once again.
Mother and sisters of Anastasiia and Viktoriia Mirontsavy. The girls were sentenced to 2 and 2.5 years in prison for the August events on Avenue of Victors: one of the sisters grabbed a riot policeman by the elbow, and the other by the hand. The third sister, Aliaxandra, escaped political prosecution by moving to Brazil. A raven, who sits on her mother's shoulder, was adopted by Viktoriia.