‘I didn’t think I’d end up in a Solzhenitsyn novel’: The brutal aftermath of the Belarus protests

“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 told The Telegraph.

For 24 hours Ms 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,…

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