The editorial office of the Grodna “Pahonia” newspaper received a letter from a reformatory written by political prisoner, leader of the All-National Strike Committee of Entrepreneurs, friend of “Svabodnaya Belarus” Valery Levaneuski where he begs for help.
”The correctional institution PK-22 is a reformatory of minimum security were more than 600 people are kept.
The reformatoy is ”young”, it is still being constructed. Even the public transport does not reach this place, although the Ministry of Transport and Communication Services claimed to solve this problem in 2005…
... Here we have practically no library and sports ground. There is only one horizontal bar for 300 people and mini-football field. We have to buy table games (draughts, chess) for our own money... Thus, we beg you to render informational and other help in stocking of library funds of PK-22 and purchase of sport equipment.
We will be very grateful to all who will send us books (fiction and manuals) and sport equipment (volley-ball net, football and volleyball balls, dumb-bells, weights, draughts, chess), maybe already utilized.
It will be more convenient if you either pass books and sport equipment with my relatives or bring them to the reformatory yourself. Contact phone-numbers for more detailed information: 8-0296-31-30-62, 8-0152-31-30-62.
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