Missing Belarusian activist found dead in a park in Kiev, Ukrainian police say | World News



A Belarusian activist who was reported missing has been found dead in a park in Kiev, Ukrainian police have said.

Vitaly Shishov led Kiev-based non-profit organisation Belarusian House (BDU) that helps Belarusians fleeing persecution.

He was reported missing by his partner on Monday after not returning home from a run.

Police have launched a criminal case for suspected murder but said in a statement they will be investigating all possibilities, including murder disguised as suicide.

Many Belarusians have fled the country after dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s government launched a violent crackdown, with many leaving for Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania in particular to escape persecution.

Belarusian authorities view anti-government protesters as criminals or violent revolutionaries backed by the West and say the actions of law enforcement agencies are adequate and necessary.

Protests at the rigged elections were widespread in Minsk last year. Pic: Tut.By via Reuters
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