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Tortured and burnt out, Belarus women lead the revolt on broken bones

One of them recalls being in custody for 24 hours, writhing from a smashed kneecap after a brutal beating

Nataliya Vasilyeva

“Crouch down!” a female prison guard shouted to Tamara Shpakova, forcing her to strip for a cavity search after she was picked up by police outside a supermarket in the Belarusian capital Minsk in August.

“I said I can’t, my leg is broken,” the 35-year-old engineer tells us.

For 24 hours, Shpakova, a tall woman with bright blue hair, was in custody, passing out from the pain of a broken kneecap, lying on a pile of men bludgeoned by truncheons in a police van, trying to get some rest on the cement floor of her prison cell...

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