Incident Summary:

04/03/2006: Human rights activist Mikalay Kalinin, a leader of the Gypsy community in Belarus, was attacked by six unidentified men at the intersection of Kamunistychnaya and Maksim Bahdanovich streets in Minsk, Belarus. The assailants claimed Kalinin had insulted a woman they knew. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mikalay Kalinin, human rights activist
Nationality of Target Belarus
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The attackers explained that they were defending the honor of a woman who was allegedly insulted by Kalinin, but Kalinin says he and his father and friend only saw the girl when he was attacked. Kalinin contended that the assault was connected with his human rights work, in particular his involvement in monitoring the presidential election, as he submitted his findings to representatives of the mission of the OSCE ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights). --Kalinin complained that he was having difficulty breathing, a sign indicating that he may have had a rib broken.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Human rights activist attacked in Belarusian capital,” Minsk Belapan in English, April 06, 2006.