Okrestina Detention Centre, Akrestsina Detention Centre, officially, the Criminal Detention Centre of the Minsk Executive Committee’s Main Internal Affairs Directorate (Belarusian: Цэнтра ізаляцыі правапарушальнікаў ГУУС Мінгарвыканкама, Russian: Центр изоляции правонарушителей ГУВД Мингорисполкома), is a pre-trial detention centre in Minsk, Belarus. The prison is known as a detention centre for activists of the Belarusian opposition arrested during mass protests against the authoritarian regime of president Alexander Lukashenka.
Okrestina Detention Center
|Security class||Criminal Detention Centre|
|Managed by||Minsk City Police Department|
|Street address||1-y zavulak Akrescina, 36|
The prison is most commonly referred by its informal name Okrestina (Russian: Окрестина) or Akrestsina (Belarusian: Акрэсціна, official transliteration: Akrescina) derived from the name of the street where it is located (which is in turn named after Soviet WWII ground-attack pilot, hero of the Soviet Union Boris Okrestin).
Many were beaten and in some cases seriously injured. At least three detainees suffered injuries indicative of sexual violence in Okrestino or on the way there. The victims were hospitalized with intramuscular bleeding of the rectum, anal fissure and bleeding, and damage to the mucous membrane of the rectum.
On the night of August 13-14, 2020, relatives of people detained in Okrestino recorded the sounds of incessant beatings that could be clearly heard on the street. Several voices can also be heard on the recordings, screaming in pain and begging for mercy. One released inmate reported that those who begged officers not to be beaten were beaten even more severely.
On 11 October 2020, a video recording went public showing prisoners being chased through the ranks of police and security forces in Okrestino and being continuously beaten.
- Thousands demonstrated outside the infamous Okrestina jail in Minsk demanding the release of all prisoners - intellinews.com, August 18, 2020
- Belarus election: 'Widespread torture' inflicted on jailed protesters - BBC, 14 August 2020
- The mutual aid corridor ‘Meduza’ visits the volunteer camp outside of the infamous Okrestina detention facility in Minsk - Meduza, August 19, 2020
- Journalist Tatsiana Belashova: Akrestsina is a manmade hell - Belarusian Association of Journalists, 16.08.2020
- Das verprügelte Minsk
- "Belarus: Impunity for perpetrators of torture reinforces need for international justice". amnesty.org. 27 January 2021.
- Das verprügelte Minsk
- Зміцер Дашкевіч: У ізалятары сядзеў, як у прыбіральні… [Zmitser Dashkevich: In the detention centre I felt like I was in a toilet] - Viasna, 29 March 2019
- З турмы – на допыт у пракуратуру [From prison to interrogation at the prosecutor's office] - Charter'97, 31 January 2008
- Лябедзька выйшаў з ізалятара пасьля 15 сутак арышту [Liabiedzka set free from the detention centre after 15 days of arrest] - Radio Svaboda, 31 March 2014
- Някляеў пра Акрэсціна: Ляжыш і дзярэш на сабе жыўцом скуру [Niakliayeu about Akrestsina: You lay there and skin yourself alife] - Belsat, 11 May 2017
- Палажанка выйшла з турмы на Акрэсціна [Palazhanka set free from prison on Akrestsina street] - Nasha Niva, 30 September 2011
- Дзясяткі чалавек чакалі Севярынца пад сценамі Акрэсціна, але яго так і не вызвалілі [Tens were waiting for Sieviaryniec at the walls of Akrestsina but he was not set free] - Belarusian Christian Democracy official website, 22 July 2020
- Палітык Мікалай Статкевіч прызнаны палітычным зняволеным [Politician Mikalai Statkevich recognized as political prisoner] - Viasna, 30 June 2020
- Ціханоўскага і яшчэ 7 затрыманых перавезьлі на Акрэсьціна, траіх выпусьцілі [Tsikhanouski and 7 more detained were transferred to Akrestsina, three were set free] - Radio Svaboda, 30 May 2020
- "Голад, холад, пацукі" - Франак Вячорка пра ўмовы свайго ўтрымання ў следчым ізалятары на Акрэсціна ["Hunger, cold, rats - Franak Viačorka about the conditions of his detention in the centre on Akrestsina street] - Deutsche Welle, 17 February 2008
- Media related to Okrestina at Wikimedia Commons