Vitaly Shishov, an exiled Belarusian activist who was found hanged in a park in Kyiv in what police say could be a murder, was an outspoken critic of the government in Belarus and staged rallies against it in Ukraine’s capital.
After leaving Belarus last autumn during huge anti-government protests that he took part in, the 26-year-old set up and led a Kyiv-based organization that helped Belarusians fleeing a sprawling crackdown on dissent.
Shishov was a fierce critic of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko whose declared win at last year’s elections sparked mass protests. Shishov described him in one post as a "bloodthirsty monster" and a "dictator."
Yuri Shchuchko, a close friend, said he had identified Shishov’s body and that a police officer at the site had said Shishov had a broken nose.
The police later said he did not have a broken nose, but that there were abrasions on his nose and knee. It said a proper examination was needed to determine if he had been beaten.
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