Mikhail Pischevsky was brutally beaten near the entrance to a club in Minsk where he was attending a gay party. This homophobic attack took place on May 25, 2014. Mikhail suffered traumatic brain injuries, spent 17 months in a hospital in Belarus fighting for his life. Today, on October 27, 2015, Mikhail has died.
We express our deepest condolences to Mikhail’s family, his friends and LGBTQ community of Belarus.
The name of the attacker who committed this violent hate crime is Dmitry Lukashevich. Lukashevich, former sports instructor, was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison. On August 20, 2015, Lukashevich was granted a pardo and was released after serving only 11 months of prison term.
Mikhail’s killer was charged with hooliganism and negligence despite severe bodily injuries that he caused, despite numerous testimonies of witnesses about the attack, despite the fact that the attacker used homophobic insults during the crime and during the trial. Mikhail had suffered for 17 months and died. His killer was set free after 11 months. The court estimated moral damages in the amount equivalent to $8,600.
We demand justice for Mikhail Pischevsky.
Why was not Mikhail’s killer charged with an attempted murder in the first place? Now that Mikhail is dead, why is Lukashevich not charged with murder?
We plead with international community, with politicians and public figures to ask this question every time they meet any representatives of Belarusian government. Why wasn’t Mikhail’s killer charged with murder? We demand an answer.
Join us at a protest and a vigil near the Consulate General of Belarus in New York on Thursday, October 29th at 10am.
You can bring flowers, signs and photographs.
Address: 708 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017
Date: 10am, Thursday, October 29, 2015.