Vitaly Shishov, the head of the organization helping Belarusians who fled abroad, disappeared yesterday morning in Kiev. The man went for a run and did not return, according to the BBC.
The Belarusian House said that neither searches at his home, nor a search with the help of law enforcement officers in areas where Shishov usually is, did not help locate the missing person, Reuters reports, citing police.
Friends of Mr. Shishov, in particular the Belarusian journalist Tadeush Gizjan, report that the head of the Belarusian House has been under surveillance lately. Gizjan added that the Ukrainian border guards were informed.
This morning, the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine, Vitaly Shishov, was found hanged in a park in Kiev, the press service of the GUNP in Kiev, near his place of residence, reported. The police seized his personal belongings and phone from the scene. A case under the article “Intentional Murder” has been opened. During the investigation, law enforcement officers will check all versions, including a murder disguised as a suicide. According to initial reports, Vitaly has a broken nose.
The police will interview witnesses, examine the CCTV footage, and carry out the necessary investigative actions. The Kiev police appeal to everyone who communicated with Vitaly Shishov to provide information about the last weeks of his life.
Many residents of Belarus, who left their country due to brutal repression, seek refuge in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and other countries. According to journalist Tadeusz Gizjan, the Belarusian House in Ukraine provides support to newcomers in search of housing, work and legal advice.