Actor Ilya Yasinsky, beaten during his arrest, has fractures of the processes of two vertebrae


Actor Ilya Yasinsky has fractures of the processes of two vertebrae. The diagnosis was made by paramedics of the emergency hospital, where the actor was taken from the police department on the evening of November 15. According to Yasinsky’s statement to the Nasha Niva newspaper, he will have to spend the next 5 to 7 days in the hospital. The full recovery will take 1.5–2 months.

Ilya Yasinsky says that he was beaten during his arrest — first in the police van, then in a prison transportation vehicle. He was brought to the police department of the Moskovsky district at about 3 pm.

“There were about 60 of us. Not many were beaten, only a few. My lower back started to hurt. I could barely walk, the police held my arm,” said the actor.

An ambulance took the actor and another man from the police department to the hospital. According to Yasinsky, they were accompanied by a convoy.

“A police officer was transporting me on a gurney. He said that we were like in the ‘1+1’ movie, except we will not be sharing a joint.”

According to the doctors’ diagnosis, the actor has fractures of the processes of two vertebrae. He will stay in the hospital for about a week, the fractures will be healing for 1.5–2 months.

“I also have heavily bruised legs, they are so blue as if they were painted,” Ilya said ironically.

Ilya Yasinsky, an actor of the Republican Theater of Belarusian Drama, was detained on November 15 in Minsk.



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