As the poet noted, policemen visited his hotel room around 2 a.m. and brought him to the police station without any explanation. After a while, they found out in their database that Serhiy Zhadan is prohibited to enter Russian Federation for “terrorist activity” since 2015, he says.
“As Belarus and Kazakhstan share one visa zone with Russia, the prohibition automatically extends to Belarus and Kazakhstan. I can handle the impossibility to enter Kazakhstan somehow, but it’s sad about Belarus. I had to spend all night in a cell. In the morning, I was writing explanatory reports very long, they asked about terrorism. In the end, I received a stamp banning entry to Belarus for indefinite period,” Zhadan wrote.
He reached out to Ukrainian MFA and Embassy in Belarus requesting to react to the fact that “Ukrainian poets are arrested without explanation and kept in cell for no reason.”