On August 3, the head of the “Belarusian House” in Ukraine, Vital Shyshou, was found hanged in one of the parks of Kyiv, not far from his place of residence. The Belarusian House reported Vital’s disappearance on the eve of August 2, 2021. Presumably, he went for a morning jog and did not return. All of Vital’s personal belongings and mobile phone were with him.
Reference of “Our House”: “Belarusian House in Ukraine” is an organization that also helps Belarusians who came to Ukraine because of political persecution in their homeland.
A criminal case has been initiated under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Premeditated murder)
“The full picture of the occasions will be established after the interrogation of witnesses, analysis of video recordings from the cameras of the Safe City system, examinations and investigative experiments. The Kyiv police appeal to everyone who knew Vital Shyshou, with a request to provide information about the last weeks of his life, his psycho-emotional state, possible threats and the like,” the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said.
Over the past week, “Our House” managed to find out that Vital Shyshou hoped for changes before the elections, and after August 9, 2020, he participated in protests. On October 8, 2020, the police called him and called him as a witness. After that, he immediately left for Ukraine. A few days later, at a march dedicated to the “Anti-terrorist operation” soldiers, Vital met several Belarusians who escaped from repression. Together they decided to create a chat of people who wanted to help Belarusians. “From this small community, a chat “Belarusian House in Ukraine” appeared, a BHU channel appeared, then a YouTube channel, such a small social network began to form. And at some point, it turned from such an unformed idea into more, when the watch at the embassy began when Roman [Bondarenko – Ed.] was killed”, Vital Shyshou recalled in an interview.
On December 7, 2020, the organization “Belarusian House in Ukraine” was registered. The co-founder was Rodion Batulin, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, a participant in international tournaments. The Ukrainian media “Babel” managed to find a relation between Batulin and Sergey Korotkih, named “Malyuta”. Sergei Korotkih was a member of the far-right Belarusian group of the “Russian National Unity”. In 1999 he attacked the oppositionists Andrei Sannikov, Dmitry Bondarenko and Oleg Bebenin. Sergey Korotkih and Rodion Batulin participated in the assassination attempt on Petro Poroshenko in 2019. Batulin is included in the database of the “Myrotvorets” website on suspicion of working for Russian special services.
Hristo Grozev, the head of the Bellingcat investigation department, said on August 6, 2021, that people connected with the Russian Federal Security Service could be involved in the murder of Vital Shyshou. “The same people who appeared in criminal groups then appeared as experts on television, appeared in Belarus as members of one of the most active opposition groups, then appear in Kyiv among emigrants from Belarus… We are now checking the intersection, perhaps, of people connected with the FSS.”
Of course, to conclude what happened, we must wait for the results of the official investigation. But let’s remember. The Russian Federal Security Service, according to Lukashenko and state media, collaborated with the KGB during the detention of oppositionists Alexander Feduta and Yuri Zenkovich in Moscow in April 2021. We remind that they are accused of a tried military overthrow in Belarus and an attempt on Alexander Lukashenko’s life.
Another joint operation of the KGB and the FSS was in May 2021. On May 11, 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev staged a mass shooting in his native school in the capital of Tatarstan. More than 20 people were injured, nine killed, including seven children. “The tragedy gave rise to the followers of the shooter. During the close cooperation of the FSS and the KGB, their accounts were identified for verification and control. After the Kazan shooting, not only in Russia but also in Belarus, there were fans of the shooter. Not just fan accounts were created, but there were also allegedly accomplices who sent letters with warnings about recidivism in other schools, about planted explosive devices,” the presenters of the state channel “Belarus 1” said from the screens.
In Ukraine, Belarusian activists were hunted by both the FSS and the KGB – according to BHU activist Yuri Shchuchko, representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine warned Belarusians about this: “Vital communicated with people from the special services of Ukraine who supervised the actions of Belarusians in Ukraine. And they also warned us. They told us to be more careful because there is a network of KGB agents of Belarus here, and everything is possible.”
These data allow us to safely suggest that the murder of Vital Shyshou is the work of mercenaries of the Belarusian dictator. It is quite likely that to eliminate the “enemy” in Ukraine, Lukashenka resorted to the help of the FSS. Another dirty political murder once again makes us make sure of the complete inadequacy of the illegitimate government and its indifferently cruel attitude not only to its people but also to citizens and residents of other countries.
We recall that one of the latest shameful antics of the usurper was the forced landing of a civilian board of the Irish airline Ryanair to grab an independent journalist Roman Protasevich. And on August 1, in Tokyo, the dictator’s henchmen, on his instructions, tried to kidnap the athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. Before that, in 2016, the journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Ukraine. It thundered all over the planet because Pavel repeatedly openly spoke out about what the dictator and his obedient retinue are.
The political murder of a Belarusian citizen on the territory of Ukraine should receive wide publicity and public response, and its customers and organizers should be found and brought to justice as soon as possible. Otherwise, Lukashenka feels his impunity and regime of one country will terrorize its citizens and openly violate the laws of other countries.