Valeriya Kastsiuhava is a political scientist, analyst, founder and editor of the Nashe Mnenie (Our Opinion) expert community website, editor and author of the Belarusian Yearbook monitoring expert group. On June 30, 2021, KGB searched her home and detained her. Valeriya has been held at the pre-trial detention centre in Minsk ever since.
The political scientist is being accused of calls to actions aimed at causing harm to the national security and of conspiracy to seize power. There's scarce information available about the case against Valeriya Kastsiuhava, all persons involved have signed a non-disclosure. Human rights defenders recognized her as a political prisoner and Member of the Swiss National Council Stéfanie Prezioso became her 'godparent'.
Valeriya's story is told by her family, friends and colleagues.