Written by DAMTP   

On October 19, 2011, Vitaly Kalgin sent to mental asylum in Gaytyunishki (Belarus). The doctors promised to send a preliminary report to his wife, but did not. When arriving to visit her husband, she got to know the fact.

She expects a decision on one of the items she submitted to the Minsk City Court supervisory review: to suspend the resolution of the case by supervising the execution. The independent counsel laid out a 10 pages list of procedural violations in the case of Kalgin. [So far we know – the court suspended the resolution for the period of supervision of the case and Bismarck got release to wait for the final decision at home, but it did not happen smooth…]

The Belarusian avant-garde artist Bismarck was convicted by Belarusian court and sentenced to 5 years of compulsory psychiatric treatment.


Bismarck (aka Vitaly Rozhkov) is the brightest representative of the Belarusian non-art 1980-90s. The artist with his unique destiny consciously chose the path of creative individualism in the context of the former Soviet Union. Bismarck almost did not participate in collective projects, making their artistic strategies through personal art-actions, such as the Gallery "Underground" in 2007.


In 1988, Vitaly Rozhkov was diagnosed with "schizophrenia", which was the reason for his picture of "Patriarch", exhibited in a collective project "On Collectornaya". This diagnosis was the reason that last fall, when the artist was the victim of being beaten by a group of three men, finally it was Bismarck, who as "socially unreliable element" was charged with provoking the fight.

Resolution issued by the Court of Frunze on 25.01.2011 reads: Vitaly Kalgin (the real name of Bismarck) must undergo compulsory treatment in an institution for the perpetrators of crime in a state of mental disorder in the village Gaytyunishki (Belarus). Vitaly Kalgin sentenced to 5 years of treatment with neuroleptic-drug.

Court resolution [in Russian]: http://artaktivist.org/adkryty-list-bismarka/

source http://artaktivist.org/news/vitalij-kalgin-bismark-uzhe-v-gajtyunishkax/