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In April 2018, 17-year-old Emil Ostrovko was waiting for his girlfriend at a bus stop in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. They were going to spend the day together. Suddenly police officers arrived. They beat Emil and arrested him for carrying illegal drugs.
Emil worked after school for a courier company. His boss told him that the parcels he was delivering contained things like tobacco and cigarettes. No one ever looked for the owner of the company and Emil has been in prison ever since, waiting for release in 2024.
The same thing happened to Vladislav Sharkovsky when he too was 17 in 2018. He may not be freed until 2028.
Neither teenager is well.
Emil struggles with chronic bronchial asthma and he was not allowed to carry his medicine with him when he first got to prison. He got frostbite when he was forced to carry snow with his bare hands, and his feet were injured when the shoes he was forced to wear were two sizes too small.