Valadarka prison and detention center in Akrescina street

Arrest for several days in Belarusian jail: $40. It is difficult yet possible to end up in jail in Belarus if you do not take part in rallies, pickets or protests. If you overindulge yourself with alcohol and are spotted staggering in the center of Minsk, the police will send you to a sobering station. Upon release, you will be required to pay around $40 (almost like hotel accommodation) for lodging and services. SARCASTIC ADVERT: Join a street protest and get accommodation for free.

VALADARKA PRISON

VALADARKA PRISON
The residents of Minsk who take part in unauthorized actions (like the one on December 19, 2010) are fined or, more commonly, placed behind bars. The leaders get locked for several years, while protesters are detained for days or weeks. When you turn from the House of the Government to the right to Niezaliežnasci Ave and then to the left to Valadarskaha street, you will find yourself in front of the Interior Ministry’s pre-trial detention center No 1 (2 Valadarskaha St.) From outside, this is Belarus’ most beautiful prison. Built in 1825, it was originally known as Piščalaŭski Castle. The list of prisoners that used to sit here includes: members of the 1863 anti-Russian uprising, Belarusian poet Jakub Kolas (see the statue of him at Jakuba Kolasa square), the founder of independent Poland Józef Piłsudski as well as the founder of Cheka (later KGB) Felix Dzierżynski. In recent years, many Belarusian political prisoners ended up here as well. Photo: Siarhei Hudzilin
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  • Address: 2 Valadarskaha St.

DETENTION CENTER IN AKRESCINA STREET

DETENTION CENTER IN AKRESCINA STREET
Political activists, sentenced to several days of arrest, are held in another jail, located at 36 Pieršy Zavulak Akrescina (next to Metro station Michalova). Almost all leaders and activists of Belarusian opposition had been there. If you get here after a protest action, you can get to know some prominent and interesting people (for instance, the leader of United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka) who can brief you about the history and the current situation in Belarus. Arrest for several days in Belarusian jail: $40. It is difficult yet possible to end up in jail in Belarus if you do not take part in rallies, pickets or protests. If you overindulge yourself with alcohol and are spotted staggering in the center of Minsk, the police will send you to a sobering station. Upon release, you will be required to pay around $40 (almost like hotel accommodation) for lodging and services. SARCASTIC ADVERT: Join a street protest and get accommodation for free. Photo: Siarhei Hudzilin  
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  • Address: 36 Pieršy Zavulak Akrescina (next to Metro station Michalova)