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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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, These are the sentences the prosecutor asked for

News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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, These are the sentences the prosecutor asked for

News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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, These are the sentences the prosecutor asked for

News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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, These are the sentences the prosecutor asked for

News – belsat.eu, ‘Army with People’ activists sentenced in Minsk, on May 8, 2021 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM

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On May 7, Minsk Regional Court passed verdicts in the criminal case of the “Army with People” telegram channel.

The Minsk regional court held a hearing in the case of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trustee Antanina Kanavalava and the administrators of the Telegram channel “Army with People.” Minsk, Belarus. May 7, 2021. Photo: Belsat

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s confidante during the presidential election Antanina Kanavalava, political activist of the unregistered party “Narodnaya Hramada” Syarhei Sparysh, and participants of the telegram channel “Army with People” Syarhei Yarashevich, Syarhei Korshun, and Yauhen Privalau were in the dock. They were all detained at different times.

The political prisoners were sentenced to the terms requested by the prosecutor on 4 May:

  • Syarhei Sparysh – 6 years in a high-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a maximum-security penal colony,
  • Syarhei Korshun and Yauhen Pryvalau – 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony,
  • Antanina Kanavalava and Syarhei Yarashevich – 5.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony.

These were the sentences passed by Judge Syarhei Yepikhau.

Photo: Belsat

Who was sentenced

Syarhei Sparysh was detained before the election – on June 25, 2020, in an administrative case for laying flowers at the military cemetery in Minsk on May 8. Later a criminal case under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code was brought against him.

In July, a former policeman Syarhei Korshun, who was a member of the telegram channel “Army with People,” was also detained. Antanina Kanavalava was detained on 6 September. A month later, her husband, Syarhei Yarashevich, who was also a participant in the mentioned telegram channel, was detained. The couple has two children, aged four and six, whom Antanina’s mother urgently took abroad.

Yauhen Pryvalau is the only person involved in the case who was not in custody. He is also the only one who partially admitted his guilt. Syarhei Sparysh was removed from the courtroom.

Photo: Belsat

Mocking Yarmoshyna and changing nicknames

The activists were accused of preparing to participate in the mass riots and of preparing for the riots. At the same time, Sparysh was also accused of obstructing the work of the Central Election Commission.

According to “Viasna,” they were accused of using telegram channels and YouTube, including the telegram channel “Army with People,” changing their nicknames and deleting correspondence to organize mass riots. In addition, the activists were charged with providing “a deliberately false assessment of the illegitimacy of official and public duties performed by representatives of the authorities, illegal calls to disobey them, resist them,” and calls to subscribe to the channel, links to educational literature, recommendations to use Telegram to communicate, information on ways of psychological defiance of the authorities, recommendations on how to avoid prosecution.

The investigation found particularly illegal the appeals to the current law enforcement officers to refuse to carry out orders. The prosecutor stated that the telegram channel informed its subscribers about the time and place of the mass unrest and taught them how to use weapons, arrange arson, and damage property. He called the streams from the protests propaganda of criminal activity.

However, the state prosecutor did not name specific dates of the riots directly related to the accused and the damage to property, health, and life of citizens or government officials caused by such actions.

Syarhei Sparysh, according to the investigation, was also involved in threatening and mocking CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

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News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

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, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

belsat.eu

, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

belsat.eu

, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

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, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

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, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

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, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

belsat.eu

, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Minsker sentenced for hitting CCTV camera, on May 7, 2021 7:12 PM at 7:12 PM

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On 6 May, a Minsk court passed a verdict in the criminal case of Yauhen Rapin. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” reports that he was found guilty of “active participation in group activities that grossly violate public order” and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.

People pounding on a CCTV camera in front of the detention center in Minsk, October 4, 2020. Yauhen Rapin is circled in red. Photo: sk.gov.by

The accused fully admitted his guilt and repented but asked to give him a chance to reform in freedom. As a result, Yauhen Rapin remains free until the verdict comes into force. The case was considered by judge Maksim Tarasevich, who sentenced Yauhen to exactly what the prosecutor Tamara Zubko asked for.

According to the indictment, during the “unauthorized action of protest” on October 4, Rapin, “in the state of alcohol intoxication to express his political views, joined a group of citizens, publicly shouted slogans, made loud handclaps, repeatedly refused to meet the demands of law-enforcers, deliberately obstructed the movement of transport.” He also struck two blows on the outside surveillance camera of the detention center in Akrestsina. However, the camera was not damaged.

Later “Minsktrans” will separately consider the civil suit. It demands compensation for material damage from Rapin for the protest march.

Yauhen Rapin worked at Zhdanovichy market as a loader. He is married, father of three small children, the youngest of which was born in April.

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, The defendant fully admitted guilt and repented, but asked to be given a chance to reform in freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Alyaksandr Kardzyukou declared political prisoner. He got 10 years in jail in wake of witnessing protests-linked murder in Brest, on May 7, 2021 1:56 PM at 1:56 PM

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

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, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Trial of Alyaksandr Kardzyukou. 19 February 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

Local resident Shutau, a father to five children, was shot in the head during the crackdown on protests in the Belarusian city of Brest. He was then taken in an unconscious state by helicopter to Minsk military hospital, his diagnosis being ‘open penetrating gunshot wound to skull, brain smash injury. Skull cup multifragmental fracture, skull base affected’. It took the relatives two days to find out what happened and where the casualty was located. On August 19, Henadz Shutau passed away in hospital.

On August 12, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that ‘a group of aggressive citizens with bars in their hands’ attacked police officers in Brest the day before. Warning shots up did not stop them, the officials claimed. A few days later Alyaksandr Kardzyukou was arrested and then charged with attempted murder (Art. 139-2 of the Criminal Code).

In late February, Svyatlana Kramyaneuskaya, a judge of Brest regional court, passed a guilty verdict and and sentenced Kardzyukou to 10 years in prison. Notably, the deceased Shutau was found guilty of resisting the police. Moreover, the court recognised captain Raman Haurylau who shot down Shutau and warrant officer Arseny Halitsyn who was also involved in the murder as victims in the case.

Witness to Henadz Shutau’s murder faces 10 years in jail

Having studied the court verdict and other available sources of information, experts and lawyers of human rights centre Viasna highlighted the following aspects:

  • there were no riots in Belarus after the presidential election in August 2020, as what we saw were mostly peaceful protests, the participants of which were unjustifiably subjected to ill-treatment and torture, and these grave allegations have not yet been investigated;
  • it was inadmissible and illegal to involve servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus to perform police functions, including dispersing protests;
  • the right of defendants Kardzyukou and Shutau to a fair trial was violated. The criminal prosecution could have been aimed at demonstratively brutal cessation of protest activity, justification of violations of the order of service and use of weapons by law enforcement officers. The assessment of the evidence in various aspects of the case was either superficial and incomplete or incorrect, in violation of the principle of the presumption of innocence. The application of domestic law in the case and the assessment of the facts and evidence were clearly arbitrary and resulted in a clear error, by which the court violated its obligation of independence and impartiality.

Seven human rights watchdogs called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately review the verdict passed against Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, release him from custody and apply other measures to ensure his appearance in court, given the lack of grounds for stricter measures.

As of May 7, the number of political prisoners in Belarus reaches 371.

‘Shots in silence’: Wounded protester from Brest dies, official version debatable

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

, On Friday, the Belarusian human rights community has recognised Alyaksandr Kardzyukou, an eyewitness to the murder of 43-year-old Brest resident Henadz Shutau on August 11, a political prisoner.

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

belsat.eu

, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

belsat.eu

, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

belsat.eu

, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Brest resident gets one year of restriction of liberty for comment regarding senior police officer, on May 7, 2021 12:36 PM at 12:36 PM

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

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, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

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Міkalai Karpyankou during protest rally. Photo: Darya Burakina / TUT.by

On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.

According to the prsecution, the defendant left on the web a ‘comment of insulting nature’ which contained a ‘negative assessment of Mikalai Mikalayevich Karpyankou’. At that moment, the latter was head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crome and corruption (GUBAZiK/CUBOPiK; now Karpyankou holds the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judge Vera Filonik found the man guilty of insulting an official and sentenced him to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without being sent to a correction facility. The court also ruled to confiscate the mobile phone from which the comment had been written to the state revenue.

In turn, Mikalai Karpyankou also claimed for ‘emotional distress’ damages; Syarhei Zubovich paid him off 1,000 rubles during the trial.

RFE/RL publishes photos of camp near Slutsk. It was allegedly set up for keeping 2K protesters

On September 6, during the dispersal of Sunday’s protest march in Minsk, Mikalai Karpyankou was in charge of a group of masked persons hunting for some protesters who found shelter in one of the cafes in Victors’ Avenue. To take them out, he batoned its glass door and destroyed it.

On October 17, Karpyankou said that law enforcers could ‘humanely’ use weapons, including lethal firearms, against the protesters during unauthorised rallies.

In mid January, By_Pol, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, made public an audio recording in which a man whose voice bears a strong resemblance to the voice of Deputy Interior Minister Mikalai Karpyankou refers to the instructions allegedly given by Alyaksandr Lukashenka on how to treat protesters and opponents of the regime. Among other things, the man mentions would-be adding the dissidents’ data to a special database and setting up a camp where ‘the cockiest [protesters] are to be kept’.

In a recent interview with state propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, Karpyankou said that the opposition ‘crossed the red line’. He promised to fight them by the rules of ‘anti-terrorist operations’. He also threatened the families of the opposition activists.

Deputy Interior Minister threatens political opposition

belsat.eu

, On May 6, Maskouski district court of Brest Vera completed hearing the case of Syarhei Zubovich, human rights centre Viasna reports.