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Police experts leave the place where Vitaly Shishov, the head the Belarusian House in Ukraine, an NGO, was found hanged in a park, near the capital Kiev on August 3, 2021. – Vitaly Shishov, 26, was involved in everything from helping fellow compatriots settle in Ukraine to staging anti-regime protests. He was found hanged in a park, a day after he had gone missing, with police opening a murder probe and supporters accusing the regime of Alexander Lukashenko of killing the activist who helped his compatriots flee repression. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

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Responding to the death of prominent Belarusian exile Vital Shyshou (Vitaly Shishov), who was found hanged in a park in Kyiv on the morning of 3 August, and whose death is being investigated as a possible murder related his political activism, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “We welcome the launch of an investigation into the tragic death of Vital Shyshou. The circumstances around his death suggest it is linked to the persecution of peaceful protesters by the Belarusian authorities. The Ukrainian authorities must ensure that its findings are made public and if anyone is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility they must be brought to justice in a fair tria.”

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