Maryna Zolatava

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Maryna Zolatava (Belarusian: Марына Васільеўна Золатава, Russian: Марина Васильевна Золотова) (born on November 6, 1977,[1] in Minsk, Belarus[2]) is a journalist and political prisoner from Belarus. In 2004 she became the main editor of TUT.BY. Nasha Niva named her the person of the year in 2018.

Early life, education and career[change | change source]

She was born in Minsk in 1977. She has had two graduations. One graduation was at the Belarusian State University. Zolatava got a diploma in the field of philology there. The second graduation was in relation to postgraduate education. She got her learning done at the Institute of Linguistics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.[3] She speaks Bulgarian as a third language.[3]

She worked at the Institute of Science Problems and the news agency BelaPAN.[2] She came to work for TUT.BY in the spring of 2004. She became the main editor of the website in the same year.[2]

"BelTA case"[change | change source]

On August 7, 2018, the TUT.BY office was looked for.[4] Zolatava got locked up after that. The police said that people were getting news from the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (government-run organization that makes news in Belarus) without money for its subscription. She was charged under Part 2 of Article 425 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (inaction of a key person). On March 4, 2019, Minsk Zavodskoy District Court found Zolatava guilty. She was sentenced to pay a fine in 300 basic units.[5] The organizations of the European Union (the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Council of Europe, the Foreign Office of Germany and others), the representative of the United Nations on Belarus Miklós Haraszti, the United States, and international human rights organizations said bad words on the "BelTA case."[6][7]

Political persecution (from 2021)[change | change source]

She was arrested on May 18, 2021. Other employees of TUT.BY were arrested with her too. A criminal procedure was opened against all of them.[8] Her indictment is collaboration in tax evasion.[9]

On May 25, 2021, nine organizations (the Viasna Human Rights Centre, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and others) made a statement together.[8] They named her a political prisoner.[8] On September 14, 2021, support for the political prisoner was undertaken by Alois Rainer, member of the German Bundestag.[10]

Awards[change | change source]

Thoughts[change | change source]

The widow of Yuri Zisser (the person who made the web portal TUT.BY) Yulia Charnyauskaya named Zolotova “the mother of TUT.BY.”[13]

Personal life[change | change source]

She is married, has a daughter Nadzieja and a son Fyodar.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Марина Золотова — Политзаключённые в Беларуси". prisoners.spring96.org. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Панковец, Змитер (2018-08-07). "Пять фактов о главном редакторе TUT.by Марине Золотовой. Она задержана на трое суток" (in Russian). Nasha Niva. Archived from the original on 2021-10-02. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "О компании TUT.BY" (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  4. "СК проводит обыск в офисе TUT.BY". TUT.BY (in Russian). 2018-08-07. Archived from the original on 2020-11-29. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  5. Борисевич, Катерина (2019-03-04). "Главного редактора TUT.BY Марину Золотову приговорили к штрафу в 300 базовых" (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  6. "Харасти: поправки в „Закон о СМИ" и "дело БЕЛТА" свидетельствуют о подавлении свободы СМИ в стране" (in Russian). TUT.BY. 2018-10-25. Archived from the original on 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. Александров, Алексей (2018-09-18). "Эксперты: "Дело БЕЛТА" стало самым негативным за последнее время сюжетом в отношениях Беларуси с ЕС". BelaPAN (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Заява аб прызнанні 15 затрыманых па справе TUT.BY палітычнымі зняволенымі" (in Belarusian). Viasna Human Rights Centre. 2021-05-25. Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  9. Григорська, Ніна (2021-05-31). "Справа TUT.BY: головній редакторці видання загрожує до 7 років в'язниці" (in Ukrainian). Novoe Vremia. Archived from the original on 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  10. "Members of Parliament from Finland, Ireland and Germany adopt political prisoners Yuliya Kashaverava, Pavel Mazko and Maryna Zolatava". Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights. 2021-09-14. Archived from the original on 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  11. "Человек года по версии «Нашей Нивы» — Марина Золотова" (in Russian). Nasha Niva. 2018-12-22. Archived from the original on 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  12. "Марина Золотова стала лауреатом премии «Гонар журналістыкі» имени Алеся Липая" (in Russian). Naviny.by. 2019-04-09. Archived from the original on 2020-04-15. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  13. Снежана Инанец (2020-10-05). "«Копил на квартиру — вложил в TUT.BY». Вдова Юрия Зиссера — о любви, смерти, «нормализации» и семье". TUT.BY (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2020-12-24.

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