In one of the cemeteries in Kiev, Vital Szyszou was buried after almost two months. In early August, the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine left his home to go jogging in a nearby park. His body was found there.
On Saturday, the Belarusian House in Ukraine announced that Vital Shishou would most likely be buried on Sunday without the presence of the media. The next day, the organization’s Telegram website posted photos from the funeral ceremony, and it was reported that Szyszou’s body was released for burial on the same day. On Sunday, there was also a campaign in memory of a Belarusian activist at the Independence Square in Kiev.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 3.
On August 20, two weeks after the discovery of Szyszou’s body, his partner, Bażena Żołudź, told the media that his relatives could not yet bury the man due to investigative procedures. She announced that he would be buried in Kiev. However, she did not give the name of the cemetery for fear of possible provocations.
Potential causes of death
26-year-old head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine found hanged in one of Kiev parks August 3. Ukrainian police said that the investigators are investigating suicide and homicide simulating suicide as the two main potential causes of death of the Belarusian. There were scratches on his body, experts said he had fallen.
The commander of the Ukrainian police, Ihor Klymenko, said that there was no information about the activist being followed before his death. Szyszou did not turn to the police on this matter, ‘added Kymienko. Shishou’s relatives say that they do not believe that he took his own life.
Escape from persecution
Vitaly Shishou fled to Kiev in the fall of 2020 from persecution in his country. Before his death, he coordinated the activities of a part of the Belarusian diaspora in Ukraine. He was also the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine, a non-governmental organization that helps Belarusians and other people affected by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
The Belarusian House helps Belarusians to legalize their stay in Ukraine, find employment, find housing, and organize peaceful rallies.
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