A forced migrant Siarhei Barysau, 35, committed suicide in Loyeu in December 2018, having received a note about his deportaton from Belarus for 4 years. TUT.BY learned the details of the tragedy from the man’s relatives.
Although being born in Belarus, Siarhei was a citizen of Russia. However, he had resided in Belarus for 17 years before his death. He had an apartment in Homiel, but moved to Loyeu a couple of years before commiting suicide, to be closer to his retired mother and disabled brother.
On December 14, 2018, the Department on Citizenship and Migration of Loyeu District Department of Interior took a decision to deport the person from Belarus ‘in the interests of public order’. The senior inspector of the Group on Citizenship and Migration of Loyeu District Department of Interior stated in the order that Siarhei had committed administrative offenses twice within a year’s course. Allegedly, he appeared drunk in a public place and committed petty theft. Also, she took into account eight other ‘administrative offenses’, committed by the man within the period of 10 years. Most of them concerned his drunk appearance in public places. Consequently, Siarhei’s residence permit was cancelled, and he had to leave Belarus at his own expense until December 28, 2018.
The family friend Sviatlana, a lawyer by education, helped the man to make a complaint against the deportation order to the head of Department of Internal Affairs at Homiel Regional Executive Committee. However, it was never submitted subject to the tragic event.
Siarhei’s mother Liudmila recollects that they had to go to the notary office at 10 a.m. on December 19th. They had a talk by phone at around 9 a.m. and agreed to meet. The mother called Siarhei again by phone at 9.50 a.m. to tell him to go out, but he didn’t take a receiver. Then she dashed towards the apartment and heard Siarhei’s phone ringing inside. The woman was crying, recollecting the tragic day. It was decided to break the door after two hours of waiting. Siarhei’s corpse was lying next to the bathroom. He was sobre, as it was learnt later. A farewell note was found next to his body. Then, his family members found several more notes with similar content: one of them was addressed to his mother, the other note was addressed to hid godmother, the third note was a cry from the heart, and the fouth note was addressed to the police.
‘We silently endured our grief‘, Siarhei’s mother said. ‘And all at once we noticed an article on TUT.BY about other two men. And we understood that we weren’t alone. It looks like a trend. Do our law enforcement agencies have a fad about deportation? I don’t know what motivates them when they take these decisions’, Sviatlana said.
‘Our inspector told me, when she was preparing the order, that she had been deprived of a bonus because of failing to deport him in due time. Well, she deported him. Will she receive the bonus now? I don’t understand whom he bothered’, the dead migrant’s mother weeped again.
Both Siarhei’s mother and the lawyer Sviatlana consider the decision to deport him from Belarus to be illegal.
‘Deportation is applied to a foreign citizen in exclusive cases, when taking into consideration the foreigner’s personality it is possible to make a clear conclusion that the application of other means of restriction will not guarantee the security of public or people’s interests. The cancellation of residence permits is the right of the decision-making body. It is not an obligation though. It means that even in case of bringing a foreigner five or more times to administrative responsibility within a calendar year, all circumstances of the citizen’s connection with the Republic of Belarus should be taken into account and evaluated, when a decision on the annulment of a residence permit is taken’, Sviatlana said. ‘While taken the decision on Siarhei’s deportation, the authorities didn’t take into account such important aspects as, e.g., the existence of his own apartment in Homiel, where he lived not long time ago, duly paying all utility costs, the absence of employment and housing abroad, the need to look after his elderly mother and disabled brother’, she added.
Siarhei with his mother Liudmila and his brother
…Siarhei’s mother Liudmila received a letter from the Legal Investiation Committee recently. The woman was informed that pre-investigation check on the fact of her son’s death was resumed on January 30, 2019.
It should be reminded that another migrant from Russia Vitali Kuzmiankou committed suicide in Buda-Kashalova (Homiel region) in January 2019. He used to reside for 14 recent years before his death in Belarus. He was married and had six daughters. Also, he had a house in Belarus. On the eve of Christmas holidays the man was noticed drunk at his work place. He was fired. Consequently, Buda-Kashaliova District Department of Interior cancelled his permanent residence permit and planned his deportation from Belarus. However, they failed to do it subject to the man’s tragic death.
The Belarusian authorities also tried to deport a migrant from Ukraine Siarhei Pratsenka from Buda-Kashaliova for finding him drunk once in a public place. The man didn’t have where to go in Ukraine. Having three underaged children and a pregnant wife, the man decided to struggle for his right to remain in the country and appealed against the initial decisions of the Department on Citizenship and Migration at Buda-Kashaliova District Department of Internal Affairs and the District Court and won the case on February 7, 2019.