Missing Belarusian Activist, Found Dead, “In Possible, Murder, Disguised, As Suicide.

Missing Belarusian activist found dead ‘in possible murder disguised as suicide”.

Vitaly Shishov was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev (Picture: @TadeuszGiczan)
A Belarusian activist has been found dead in a park in Ukraine as police launch an investigation into a possible murder disguised as suicide.

Vitaly Shishov, who led a Kiev-based organisation that helps Belarusians fleeing persecution, had been reported missing by his partner on Monday after not returning home from a run.

Police said they had launched a criminal case for suspected murder but would investigate all possibilities including murder disguised as suicide.

‘Belarusian citizen Vitaly Shishov, who disappeared yesterday in Kyiv, was found hanged today in one of Kyiv’s parks, not far from his place of residence,’ the police statement said.

Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania have become havens for Belarusians during a crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenko following a disputed election last year.
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