Darya Chultsova

Darya Chultsova was born in 1997 in Shklou. She graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of Mahiliou State University, where her major was Journalism. Her journalistic career began two years ago. At first, she tried herself in reportage, but later she was more attracted to working with a camera. After the 2020 elections, Darya moved to Minsk. In the last few weeks prior to her arrest, Darya Chultsova worked with Katsyaryna Andreyeva during weekend protests in Minsk. On November 15, 2020, she was detained for broadcasting live a violent dispersal of a rally in memory of Raman Bandarenka. They were broadcasting live from the apartment on the 14th floor of a residential building, where the hosts had invited them. Armed riot police broke the door to the apartment and detained the women. On November 20, they were charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order). On February 18, 2021, the Frunzenski district court of Minsk sentenced Katsiaryna and Darya to two years of imprisonment. In 2021, Darya received Ales Lipay’s award (Belarus) and an award of Belarusian Human Rights Defenders Community, nomination – The Journalist of the Year. The prison did not make Darya Chultsova doubt her occupation choice. In her letters, she states that she would still have picked up this path if she had known where her journalistic work would lead. Darya is optimistic about the future. “2021 is my year. After all, I was born in the year of the bull. And I am very persistent, just like him,” she wrote in a letter to a colleague. Darya said she felt fine and was longing for work.

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